Higgins has been awarded the £22.5m contract to design and build the first phase of the Grange Farm Estate in South Harrow
The contract will include the demolition of existing blocks within Grange Farm Close and Osmond Close and the design and build of 68 brand-new council homes and 21 shared ownership properties with parking, a new sub-station, external works and services.
Grange Farm Estate was built in the late 1960s and the 282 homes have not aged well. They are expensive to maintain and keep warm and have come to the end of their lives.
Working closely with the local community, Harrow Council developed a masterplan that will provide 574 new homes, of which almost half are deemed affordable. The estate has long been in need of regeneration.
Steve Leakey, managing director of Higgins commented: “This is an extremely important project that will provide much needed homes, built to Lifetime Homes standards, for existing and new residents.
“We are proud to have been chosen by Harrow Council as the contractor and look forward to starting on site in the near future.”
Phillip O’Dell, portfolio holder for Housing, Harrow Council added: “Having Higgins on board to build the first homes at Grange Farm is great news.
“We look forward to working with them to deliver the people of Grange Farm with modern, spacious, high-quality properties, and a fantastic place to call home.”
The Grange Farm Estate masterplan was designed by Hawkins Brown Architects. The regeneration of the estate aims to create a mixed tenure community which will set a new standard for mid-density suburban developments in London.
The scheme will also deliver a new community centre onsite and a network of public streets and squares will create open spaces for public and communal use.
New pedestrian routes will also increase the connectivity to the wider area and local transport. All routes will lead to the heart of the project, where a new civic square will provide a gathering point in front of the community centre, with a ‘village green’ beyond.