The Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Govindia was joined by Managing Director of Wates Residential, Paul Nicholls and representatives from the national developer’s construction team on Friday at Shuttleworth Road to break ground at its new £27m housing development.
Wates Residential was selected by the Council earlier this year following a competitive tender process and has been undertaking preparatory works on the site since May 2018. The ceremony marked the beginning of the site’s main construction phase, with completion of the scheme due in the Summer of 2020.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Kim Caddy was also in attendance along with Wates Director, Andy Wates.
The scheme is set to deliver 71 affordable new homes in the borough, with 68% of the homes targeted at families and a further 11% to be wheelchair accessible with disabled parking bays. All homes will meet the latest design standards, will be energy efficient and have a range of built-in safety features including sprinkler systems.
“This is another demonstration of our commitment to build 1,000 new homes on our larger development sites, which will help people in the borough buy or rent a home that is right for them. We’re delighted to partner with Wates Residential on this scheme and look forward to strengthening our relationship with them to provide quality housing for local people.”
Wandsworth Council Leader, Ravi Govindia
All social housing that is demolished as part of the regeneration will be replaced. However, these new homes will be additional, affordable homes and not a replacement. The completion of these new homes will directly support the borough’s wider Winstanley and York Road Estates regeneration programme by providing affordable homes for those needing to move.
“Today’s ground breaking event marks an exciting milestone in our delivery of much-needed affordable new homes for local people at Shuttleworth Road. It follows months of collaboration with the Council, members of the community and other local stakeholders to really understand their vision for the area and how we can realise this, both through the design and construction of these homes and looking at ways we can create wider local economic and social value. We look forward to strengthening these relationships as we continue to progress on site.”
Paul Nicholls, Managing Director of Wates Residential
The scheme promises to not only deliver crucial housing, but also wider benefits for local people. Wates Residential and Wandsworth Council have made a joint pledge to provide employment and training opportunities for local residents, including on-site apprenticeships, work experience placements and structured training programmes.
“This is one of the largest Council developments in decades and is a signal that we are accelerating our development programme. As part of preparations we’ve been working closely with Network Rail to improve the railway embankment in preparation for works, we will also ensure accessibility through the estate will be easier by including an area for pedestrians.”
Councillor Kim Caddy, Wandsworth’s cabinet member for housing