53 new homes and community hall officially opened


Collingwood Estate Committee members with Mayor Lutfur Rahman, Councillor Kabir Ahmed, and ward councillors, Musthak Ahmed and Amin Rahman.

A new development of 53 new homes with environmentally friendly features, community hall and play area has been officially opened.

Barnsley Street, adjacent to Orion House on the Collingwood Estate, comprises three blocks of flats, including five accessible homes.

The development continues the tradition of naming buildings on this estate from the Battle of Trafalgar, with Moorsom House named after Admiral Robert Moorsom, a captain of one of Admiral Collingwood’s ships during the battle, Pitt House named after the then Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, and Francois House, named after John Francois, a black sailor who served on HMS Victory during the battle.











Lutfur Rahman, Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets, who officially opened the new development, said: 

“We are facing a housing crisis in London, but we are determined to buck this trend by building more affordable housing for our residents.

“We have made a commitment to build 4,000 genuinely affordable homes in four years and this is another step towards us achieving that target.

“I was very pleased with the new development, which includes a community hall for residents to use and a play area.

“It also includes solar panels, bike parking and electric vehicle charging, which demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our ambitious building targets will not be detrimental to our environment.”










The Mayor was joined at the opening by the Collingwood Estate Committee, Tower Hamlets Homes officers and a number of Tower Hamlets councillors, including Cllr Kabir Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Inclusive Development and Housebuilding, who said:

“Every resident deserves the right to a house which suits their needs, which is why we as a council are prioritising house building. 

“I look forward to seeing residents move in, and to seeing the community hall become an important hub for all.”

Posted on Wednesday 25th October 2023