As we approach the end of 2021, we take a look back at some of the new affordable homes we’ve built across our London and Counties regions, the independent recognition we’ve received for the quality of these homes, the work we’re doing to regenerate and revitalise communities, our innovative marketing and our commitment to reduce the environmental impact of our business.

In London:

  • We announced we’ll be working with construction partner Bouygues UK on the next phase of the Portobello Square regeneration at the Wornington Green estate in North Kensington, delivering around 1,000 new homes and commercial, community and green space, with no loss of social housing
  • Also at Wornington Green, we submitted our application for the third and final phase of the regeneration to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This is a key milestone in the regeneration of the estate and the result of extensive consultation with local people since 2018
  • We’re partnering with Telford Homes for the Capital Interchange Way development in Brentford, West London. The project has planning permission to deliver 420 new homes, half of which will be affordable
  • At St Ann’s in Haringey, consultation is well underway on our plans to build over 900 homes on the site. 60 per cent for London Affordable Rent, 20 per cent for London Shared Ownership and 20 per cent for London Living Rent. St Ann’s will be one of the largest community-led housing schemes in London
  • In partnership with Galliard Homes, we’re building 633 homes at The Switch along with new retail and leisure facilities on the former Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, plus a new 9,000-seat stadium for AFC Wimbledon
  • In Hanwell West London, Aspire at St. Bernard’s Gate is our award-winning development of 270 new homes that blends local heritage with modern living.

In the Home Counties:

  • We published a report following a Cambridge roundtable we hosted on the Arc’s Spatial Framework
  • In Oxford, our 100 per cent affordable development of 270 new homes at Newman Place, Littlemore, is taking shape and this year received £4.34 million of grant funding through the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal
  • With partners Oxford City Council, we launched a new round of consultation on plans to redevelop and revitalise the Blackbird Leys estate, with plans including 294 new affordable homes on two sites and a modernised district centre and community space
  • In Central Bedfordshire, we completed 61 new affordable homes at The Printworks in Dunstable, with the area’s heritage reflected in its design
  • Also in Bedfordshire, on the site of RAF Stanbridge in Leighton Buzzard, we completed 178 new homes surrounding a central green and play areas, as well as acquiring additional land for new affordable homes to the north of the town
  • In Buckinghamshire, we built 19 new affordable homes for social rent in High Wycombe, with a communal garden and biodiversity features
  • In Hertfordshire, our development of 24 affordable new homes at Roan Place in Harpenden is set to be completed next spring.

Our awards:

  • We won ‘Best Marketing Initiative’ at the Housebuilder Awards for our ‘Time for a Place of your Own’ campaign
  • Bond Mansions, part of Portobello Square, was awarded Bronze in the ‘Affordable Housing Category’ at the World Architecture News Awards
  • We won ‘Best Use of Interactive Tools’ at the First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards, celebrating the integration of technology within the home buying journey
  • The Etch at The Printworks was awarded ‘Best Shared Ownership Home’ at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards
  • We received a Gold Award in the SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow) accreditation scheme, which provides an independent assessment of how housing organisations are performing against challenging environmental targets.

We go into the New Year with a strong development pipeline with plans to build more new high-quality affordable homes and sensitively regenerate homes and community facilities.