Work nearing completion on 33 new council homes in Tower Hamlets

Chris Stevens (BYUK) - David Fallows (BYUK) - Cllr Rachel Blake - Mayor John Biggs

Work on 33 new council homes in Tower Hamlets is nearing its conclusion. Mayor John Biggs and Cllr Rachel Blake joined construction company Bouygues UK on Thursday 5 March to celebrate the completion of work on the exterior of the Locksley A site on Rhodeswell Road. 

Locksley A is one of three new build council housing developments that Bouygues UK are building within the borough, providing a total of 77 new homes for local people, including families, on the housing register.

Cllr Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “It was a pleasure to return to the Locksley A site to mark this significant stage in the project. What was once a disused car park has been transformed into a high-quality development with homes suitable for families and disabled residents, as well as providing a new outside space and play area.

“With the exterior of the building now complete, it’s not long before we’ll be welcoming residents to their new homes. This is another step towards meeting our ambitious target of having 2,000 new council homes in delivery by 2022.”

Locksley A will provide 16 new three bedroom homes for families, with 10 two bedroom homes and seven properties with one bedroom. Three of the flats are wheelchair accessible and have been adapted to accommodate residents with disabilities.

All flats on the upper floors will have balconies while those on the ground floor will have private terraces. There will also be 397sqm of dedicated play space for children.

All remaining work at Locksley A is expected to be completed by May. Bouygues UK’s other two sites in the borough - Jubilee Street and Baroness Road – are expected to be completed by the end of April and July respectively.

Chris Stevens, Managing Director, Bouygues UK, said:“Working in partnership with Tower Hamlets, this is a key milestone in the delivery of new, high-quality council homes for local residents.

“With a number of active sites in the borough, we’re proud of our commitment to Tower Hamlets, which has been reflected in the local employment and apprenticeship opportunities we have created through the construction programme.

“We’re looking forward to the first residents moving into their new homes at Locksley, as well as at Jubilee Street and Baroness Road later in the year.”

Posted on Monday 9th March 2020