We worked on the first tranche, helping to deliver 300 homes as well as ancillary community centres across 11 under-used or vacant sites across the south-east London borough. The 21 new homes with a shared courtyard at 169 Long Lane were built on the site of a former council housing office, for example.
Many of the new homes are specialist housing, which includes accessible or wheelchair adapted houses and facilities for the elderly and those in need of care. Homes had to meet high energy efficiency standards, while each development included improvements to the surrounding public realm. Extensive and early and ongoing consultation with tenant organisations, key government agencies, and local businesses and communities was key to getting support for the schemes.
Most homes were completed in 2015-2016 with the final two schemes ready for residents in 2018. Southwark has since set itself a more ambitious target: 10,000 units of social rented accommodation by 2043. Phase one, particularly our integrated approach to design, provides a benchmark for these future developments.