Work starts on 24 new council homes in Stepney

Mayor Biggs and Deputy London Mayor James Murray

Mayor John Biggs and the Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development, James Murray, in partnership with construction company Bouygues UK, today broke ground on the site that will lead to 24 new council homes in Stepney in 2020. This scheme is the first to start on site as part of the Mayor of London’s council house building programme.

The Mayor of  Tower Hamlets  visited the site in Jubilee Street, part of the Sidney estate that will also see an improved family play area, that has been designed in consultation with local families.

The project, which formerly housed car an estate car park, will be completed next year. The Greater London Authority provided £13m of funding towards the delivery of 130 new homes within a programme of 675 new homes, as part of the Mayor of London’s Building Council Homes for Londoners programme.

Mayor John Biggs said: “As the fastest growing borough in London, it’s really important we build the council homes our residents so desperately want. We are finding  imaginative solutions to provide this housing. Using the former parking spaces in Jubilee Street is a good example of doing this.

"This is another step along the journey to delivering on my pledge for 2,000 council homes by 2022.”

James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, said: "I was very pleased to visit the Stepney site today and see work getting underway building new council homes and an improved play area for families. We want to use every opportunity across London to build new council homes, and by making use of this funder-used parking space for 100 per cent affordable housing, Tower Hamlets are showing what a difference we can make for Londoners.”

Chris Stevens, Bouygues UK’s residential Managing Director, said: “We are very proud to be delivering this residential project for Tower Hamlets, providing much-needed accommodation for the local community. We have an excellent relationship with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, having built a number of schools in the area and with another two residential projects underway. We look forward to continuing this relationship with the creation of new homes in Jubilee Street.”

Cllr Sirajul Islam, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This scheme delivers both new council homes for families on our housing waiting list and improved facilities for existing residents. Seeing work commence on this scheme shows that our manifesto commitments are being delivered on”.

Cllr Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor for Regeneration and Air Quality, said: “This is another important step for our commitment to 2,000 council homes to be in delivery by 2022. The development also helps improve the area by offering enhanced play space for families.”

Tower Hamlets faces an enormous housing challenge. Today there are nearly 20,000 families waiting for a council home. Around 2,000 of these are living in bed and breakfasts, hostels and other unsuitable temporary accommodation.

Another 70,000 households are part of the borough's ever-growing number of private renters, where rents have increased by more than a third since 2011.

Three apprentices from Tower Hamlets are working with Bouygues UK on the project, providing them with experience and insights into a live construction site to support their NVQ studies.

Posted on Wednesday 30th January 2019