The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today (10 December) announced that he has selected Catalyst Housing Limited as his development partner for a major redevelopment of the St Ann’s Hospital site in Tottenham.
Catalyst’s plans for the site involve building 934 homes, with 50 of these affordable homes set aside for community-led housing, enabling local people to own some of the homes and making St Ann’s one of the largest community-led housing schemes in London. A search for the community organisation to take on these homes will be launched early in the new year.
The remaining affordable homes will be 60 per cent London Affordable Rent, 20 per cent London Shared Ownership and 20 per cent London Living Rent. Catalyst will offer Haringey Council the opportunity of purchasing half of the homes at London Affordable Rent for their housing portfolio. There will be key worker housing for NHS staff, with the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust able to make use of 22 London Living Rent homes for 10 years to ensure staff can be housed locally.
The new homes – ranging from family town houses to apartment blocks – will be designed to the highest standards by award-winning Karakusevic Carson Architects and 6a architects. All homes will meet or exceed London Housing Design Guide space standards and will be highly sustainable and energy efficient, with the highest levels of building safety, including sprinklers in all flats.
Green space will be central to the development. The scheme includes 10,000m2 of new and existing tree cover, and the existing Peace Garden is being tripled in size. New playground space will also be created. Heritage assets, including St Ann’s Victorian water tower, will be preserved. There will also be improvements to pedestrian and cycling infrastructure along St Ann’s Road to improve access across the site, including to Chestnuts Park.
Engaging and empowering the existing local community has been a cornerstone of the Mayor’s and Catalyst’s plans for St Ann’s. Catalyst will be working closely with local people, community groups and other stakeholders to develop their plans. A dedicated St Ann’s Social Investment Fund will be established, overseen by residents and people living locally, and long-term community space will be made available on the site. Local residents will be prioritised for all the homes on the site, and Catalyst will provide initiatives to help local people get on the housing market, such as a deposit match scheme.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: ‘I’m pleased to be partnering with Catalyst to develop this exciting project which will bring hundreds of genuinely affordable homes to this important site.’
‘My team and Catalyst are already working closely with the local community to ensure their needs are put at the heart of our plans for St Ann’s. I look forward to following the site’s progress and showing what can be done when the public sector takes a clear lead on redevelopment and builds the high-quality homes Londoners deserve.’
Philip Jenkins, Group Development Director at Catalyst said: ‘I’m delighted that Catalyst has been chosen by the GLA as the delivery partner for this landmark project that will deliver a significant number of much-needed affordable homes to the area.
‘Placemaking is at the heart of what we do, and we’ll work closely with the community and key stakeholders to co-create and deliver a truly community-led redevelopment for local people, for our dedicated and highly-valued key workers and for future generations.
‘As well as over 900 high-quality new homes, we’re committed to incorporating the site’s heritage, creating community and green space, and providing an accessible, attractive and connected hub that reflects the diversity of the area.’
Councillor Emina Ibrahim, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing & Estate Renewal, said: ‘One of the Council’s top priorities is to address the crippling housing crisis and we always wanted a significant number of council homes at council rent on the site.
‘I am pleased the GLA have secured a development partner and we look forward to working with them and the community to ensure the scheme delivers for Haringey and our residents.’
Levent Kerimol from Community Led Housing London said: ‘The plans for the St Ann’s site are very exciting, not least because they allow community led housing to become a more consistent part of a diverse London housing landscape.
‘We look forward to supporting community led housing groups to make the most of this opportunity to empower future residents and local people in taking collective control of their housing.’