Wandsworth’s Housing For All programme celebrates the delivery of 71 new council homes at Shuttleworth Road
Published: Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Leader of Wandsworth Council, Councillor Ravi Govindia and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Jonathan Cook, dropped in to one of the council’s latest developments prior to completion in January, when the residents will begin to move in.
Sphere Walk, on Shuttleworth Road in Battersea, was previously a disused recording studio and lock-up garages. The brownfield site has now been given a new lease of life providing 71 low-cost homes, of which 62 are social rented and nine will be available for equity share.
Councillor Ravi Govindia, said: “We are incredibly proud of what has been achieved here. Over the last two years, this site has been transformed from brownfield land into an attractive, high-quality building that we hope our residents will be proud to call ‘home’.”
These new homes will help towards the council’s Housing For All programme which commits to delivering 1,000 new council homes by 2027. As things stand, over half of the programme has either been completed, is in construction, has planning consent or is at the feasibility and consultation stage.
The councillors were joined on their tour of the homes by Glen Roberts, Operations Director, and Andrew Savege, Head of Partnerships, from the council’s development partner, Wates Residential, part of the UK’s leading family-owned construction, residential development and property services business, the Wates Group.
Glen Roberts commented: “At Wates, we are committed to ensuring that our projects benefit the community beyond providing new homes. In the lifetime of this project, 51 people have benefited from employment and skills initiatives on this project, 44 of which were local. We have also worked closely with local schools and are volunteering in the local community."
Sphere Walk has been developed with a ‘fabric first’ approach, meaning that measures to reduce energy demand and carbon emissions are built into to the building’s materials. The scheme also includes sustainable drainage systems (SUDS), green roofs and electric vehicle charge points.
The additional affordable homes being delivered by the council are being allocated to residents from the Winstanley and York Road as part of the commitment to deliver new homes for residents from the estates. The regeneration programme is underway with residents moving into the 46 new units at Mitchell House from July 2021.
Elsewhere in the borough, work was completed in March this year on two other sites - Streatham Park Estate and Aldrington South Estate – which together provided another affordable 13 homes towards Wandsworth’s 1,000 new council homes target.
Councillor Jonathan Cook, said: “All across the borough, Wandsworth Council, along with our partners, is delivering a range of housing to suit the diverse needs of our residents. Sphere Walk is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with good planning and design to deliver a scheme that is just as high quality as a commercial development.”