Residents, staff of the Homes and Communities Agency, and Westminster Council representatives recently gathered to celebrate reaching a key stage in building construction on the historic Peabody Avenue estate.
The £10.5 million development, which is due to be completed in March 2011, will provide 56 affordable rented and shared ownership homes, as well as new community facilities and improvements to the landscape.
Guests sign a central beam in the building during the ceremony
Developed by Peabody and constructed by Mansell, the project has been designed by award-winning architects Haworth Tompkins in partnership with local residents, Westminster City Council and English Heritage.
Principal funders include the Homes and Communities Agency, which contributed ₤5.7 million to the project, and Westminster Council, which contributed ₤1.9 million.
Speaking at the 'topping out' ceremony on 11 May 2010, Stephen Howlett, Peabody chief executive, said:
"For almost 150 years Peabody has been an agent for social and physical improvement in London. We’re continuing that tradition at Peabody Avenue."
Rosemary Westbrook, Westminster Council's director of housing, said: "This is an exciting project which will really make a difference to this area."
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