Construction work begins at £120m Peabody regeneration project
A ground-breaking ceremony heralds the start of construction at our St John's Hill estate in Clapham Junction
Designed by Hawkins/Brown architects, the total development will provide 528 new homes (up from the existing 353) in a mix of 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom apartments. There will be 279 affordable (social rent and intermediate housing) homes and 249 for private sale.
L-R: Cllr Ravi Govindia, Christopher Strickland, Owen Sisk
The scheme will also include 13,200 square metres of open space, a new public route from Clapham Junction station to Wandsworth Common, commercial space and a new community hub.
Residents joined Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, Peabody Chair Christopher Strickland and representatives from contractor John Sisk & Son Ltd, at the St John’s Hill estate community centre to celebrate the start of works on site.
Cutting the cake
Cllr Govindia said:
“I was delighted to attend this important ceremony to mark the start of this landmark scheme to create new, high-quality modern homes for Peabody's tenants in Clapham Junction. This project is a key element in the wider plans to regenerate and improve this part of Battersea and I was particularly pleased to hear that during the first construction phase 18 apprenticeships will be offered to local residents."
Christopher Strickland said:
“This is an important milestone in bringing to life our vision for exemplar Peabody communities in the 21st century, by creating high quality affordable homes to rent and buy where people will be proud to live, great open spaces, and facilities which will become an integral part of the wider community.”
Owen Sisk, Director at John Sisk & Son Ltd, commented:
“As a family business, we are excited to be at the heart of this regeneration providing this community with the quality of homes it has long deserved. In addition to creating new homes for 153 families in the first phase, we will also create a sustainable legacy through maximising training and employment opportunities for the local community.”
The regeneration of St John’s Hill is a flagship project for us, as we aim to build 1,000 homes a year from 2015. The scheme will be delivered in three phases, with phase 1 due for completion in the summer of 2016.
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