Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of work on 117 new council homes in Kidbrooke
Today a ceremony was held to mark the start of work on the largest development of council homes so far in Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Greenwich Builds programme.
Deputy Mayor of London for Housing, Tom Copley, joined Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Councillor Danny Thorpe and Member for Housing, Councillor Anthony Okereke in breaking ground on the site at Kidbrooke Park Road.
When completed the development will provide 117 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and maisonettes, 12 of which will be specifically designed for wheelchair access, addressing the needs of residents with a physical disability. Also incorporated is a nursery for both new tenants and local Kidbrooke residents. Extensive cycle storage is included in the design.
The homes at Kidbrooke Park Road North will be spread over four buildings of between four and ten storeys. The scheme will achieve low carbon standards through the implementation of features such as air source heat pumps, solar panels and efficient insulation, while two large landscaped communal outdoor areas and a tree-lined corridor with 69 newly planted trees will provide amenity space for local residents.
All the homes will be made available to local residents on housing waiting lists, which now number over 22,000 households. The Greenwich Builds programme, of which the new development is part, will see over 750 sustainable council homes constructed across Royal Greenwich.
In addition, hundreds more homes for people on housing waiting lists are being built as the result of the council’s partnerships with housing associations, private developers and community benefit societies.
Tim Carpenter, Managing Director of construction at Durkan, said: “We’re pleased to have been appointed by Royal Borough of Greenwich to build these much-needed new and high-quality council homes. This project has a number of elements that will bring real added value to the community, such as a new nursery for local people and an opportunity for Durkan to create greener and more efficient homes. We’ll be unlocking benefits through our construction too, including offering new apprenticeships at our site and a work placement tailored to support a vulnerable person into employment. We’re looking forward to starting construction later this year.”