First new Council Homes for over 30 years completed in Tower Hamlets

The first council house development in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for over 30 years has just been completed at Bradwell Street, London, E1.

The £2.7 million development – constructed on a JCT Design & Build Contract – was designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards architects, constructed by Bugler Developments Ltd, with multi-disciplinary architecture, property and construction consultancy Pellings providing Employer’s Agent and Clerk of Works services, and comprises twelve new homes and a community centre, for LB Tower Hamlets on the site of forty-three under-utilised garages.

The development includes six semi-detached four-bedroom family houses, three detached four-bedroom family houses with wheelchair access and disability adaptations, and a four-storey building with three two-bedroom flats and a community centre on the ground floor.

The homes with disability adaptations involved extensive consultation with an occupational therapist to ensure the fit-out met the needs of the intended residents.

All the properties are constructed with concrete beam and block floors; cavity walls with face brickwork, aluminium faced composite windows, lightweight internal steel partitions with plasterboard, timber doors and individual gas-fired boilers for hot water and central heating.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets Borough Council, John Biggs said at the opening that Bradwell Street is the first of 800 new homes they plan to build in the borough, but the priority is to build good quality new homes for residents.

All dwellings are fitted with acoustic glazing on the north site due to the location of the main London to Norwich railway line, and homes also feature solar PV on roof areas. The development also includes improvements to the existing public realm including a new play area, and the provision of a new community centre for local residents.

Matthew Carr of Pellings said:

“We are delighted to be able to assist LB Tower Hamlets in providing new homes for their residents and some of the families who are on the Tower Hamlets’ Project 120, those being the most in-need families identified in the borough.”