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Historic homes at Sutton Dwellings, Chelsea, set to be transformed

Durkan, one of London and the South-East’s leading independent housebuilding and construction companies, has been appointed by Clarion Housing Group to refurbish the Sutton Dwellings, part of Chelsea’s historic Sutton Estate.

Clarion secured planning permission in January 2022 to refurbish the four residential buildings, and with Durkan’s appointment construction work is set to begin in May 2022.

Work to the early 20th century-buildings will create 81 new one-to-four-bedroom flats, offering high quality homes and more sustainable living in the capital.  All of the 81 new homes will be offered as Social Rent and London Affordable Rent, providing much-needed affordable housing in one of London’s most expensive boroughs,

The refurbishment of Sutton Dwellings, which is right in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, includes complete building alterations to create new, spacious homes that are fit for modern living.  The homes will be sympathetically designed, keeping as much of the existing building as possible so the heritage feel is retained throughout.  Balconies, created as part of the original build but later enclosed, will also be reopened and reinstated to create unique, private outdoor spaces for residents.  Lifts will also be added to ensure accessibility for all.

Tim Carpenter, Managing Director for Construction at Durkan, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Clarion Housing Group again on another important project in the capital.  Not only will our work deliver much needed new homes in London, but it will build on the area’s existing heritage, giving historic and disused buildings a new lease of life.”

“This refurbishment also offers the opportunity to create vastly more efficient homes – a critical consideration given the rising cost of living.  By introducing new insulation and technology, we anticipate we can reduce the energy needed to run the building by up to 75 per cent.  That means a greener building in operation and cheaper bills for residents.”

The new homes will be high-quality and contemporary in their design, and will have access to a new communal garden, giving residents valuable outdoor space; including picnic areas, an orchard with a meadow, a play trail for all ages and new planting to attract bees and butterflies.

Paul Quinn, Director of Regeneration at Clarion Housing Group, said: “We look forward to working with Durkan on bringing these wonderful buildings back to life. This work forms part of a wider Clarion investment in the whole of the Sutton estate where we are upgrading all the existing homes alongside a much improved public realm and enhanced green spaces.”

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