Construction work has started on the first new homes to be built through a £320 million, 1,500-home regeneration programme set to transform three council estates in Woolwich, south-east London.
Representatives from the Royal Borough of Greenwich, partnership housing developer Lovell and asra Housing Group, gathered at the former Connaught estate to mark the beginning of building work.
The first new homes, at the renamed Trinity Walk, are now under construction by the Lovell team. The ground-breaking event followed the completion of demolition work which began at the estate last October.
The redevelopment will see 684 energy-efficient new homes built at Trinity Walk, including 239 affordable properties. The first new affordable homes are due to be completed in late Spring 2017 with the first completed housing for sale expected to be finished later the same year.
The 12-year scheme is set to create important job and training opportunities locally including a significant number of apprenticeships.
Cllr Danny Thorpe, cabinet member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “The Connaught Estate regeneration project is bringing state-of-the-art, energy efficient homes to the borough while also sparking job creation and economic growth.
“Through a dedicated programme of investment, partnership working and house-building, we are truly changing the face of this borough for our residents.”
Lovell regional director Michael O’Farrell commented: “This is a huge project bringing major benefits for local people including modern new housing, and open spaces. The construction programme will also boost the local economy by creating valuable job and training opportunities.”