Wates Residential breaks ground on council's new housing development
Published: Friday 23rd November 18
Developer Wates Residential has commenced work at Shuttleworth Road as part of the council's programme to deliver 1,000 homes for Wandsworth residents and workers.
The Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia, was joined by representatives from Wates Residential today (Friday) at Shuttleworth Road, Battersea to break ground at its new £27m housing development.
This national developer was selected by the council earlier this year following a competitive tender exercise and since May 2018 has been undertaking preparatory works on the site. The ceremony marked the beginning of the site’s main construction phase, with completion of the scheme due in the Summer of 2020.
Council leader Ravi Govindia and Cabinet Member for Housing Kim Caddy were all in attendance along with Wates Director Andy Wates and other Wates Residential representatives.
The scheme is set to deliver 71 affordable new homes in the borough with 68 per cent of the homes targeted at families and a further 11 per cent wheelchair accessible with available disabled parking bays. All homes will meet the latest design and size standards; they will be more energy efficient and will have a range of safety features built in including sprinkler systems.
Speaking at the event, Cllr Govindia said: “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.”
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.
Councillor Kim Caddy, Wandsworth’s cabinet member for housing said: “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.”
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.
Paul Nicholls, Managing Director of Wates Residential, said: “Today’s ground breaking event marks an exciting milestone in the delivery of much-needed affordable new homes for local people in Wandsworth. This follows many 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 bring this to life both through the construction of these new homes and by making a significant contribution to the creation of wider local economic and social value in areas where the community needs it most. We look forward to strengthening these relationships as we continue to progress on site.”