Durkan has been appointed by Clarion Housing Group to refurbish the Sutton Dwellings, part of Chelsea’s historic Sutton Estate
The refurbishment project will create 81 new one-to-four-bedroom flats, all of which will be offered as Social Rent and London Affordable Rent.
Work on the four early 20th-century residential buildings includes complete building alterations to create new, spacious homes that are fit for modern living. Lifts will be added to ensure accessibility for all.
Designed to keep as much of the existing building
The new homes will be high-quality and contemporary but designed to keep as much of the existing building as possible. Balconies, included as part of the original build but later enclosed, will be reopened and reinstated and a new communal garden will also be created.
Tim Carpenter, managing director for Construction at Durkan, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Clarion Housing Group again on another important project in the capital.
Deliver much needed new homes…giving historic and disused buildings a new lease of life
“Not only will our work deliver much needed new homes in London, but it will build on the area’s existing heritage, giving historic and disused buildings a new lease of life.
“This refurbishment also offers the opportunity to create vastly more efficient homes – a critical consideration given the rising cost of living.
“By introducing new insulation and technology, we anticipate we can reduce the energy needed to run the building by up to 75%. That means a greener building in operation and cheaper bills for residents.”
Investment in Sutton Dwellings to upgrade existing homes and improve the public realm
Paul Quinn, director of regeneration at Clarion Housing Group, said: “We look forward to working with Durkan on bringing these wonderful buildings back to life.
“This work forms part of a wider Clarion investment in the whole of the Sutton estate where we are upgrading all the existing homes alongside a much improved public realm and enhanced green spaces.”
Planning permission was granted in January 2022 and work is set to begin in May 2022.