Willmott Dixon has landed a £25.6m contract to deliver two housing schemes in Kensington & Chelsea
Procured under the SCF framework, the largest housing scheme is at Kensal Road, where Willmott Dixon will deliver a £17.1m development to create 37 homes above new ground floor commercial accommodation.
The five-storey building, which rises to six-storeys at key points, will be complete in the autumn of 2022 and will benefit from shared garden space and a podium deck with a large, landscaped terrace.
Willmott Dixon will also deliver a £8.5m scheme at Hewer Street to provide a further 20 homes that will complete in winter 2022/23.
Both Kensal Road and Hewer Street projects include air source heat pumps that eliminate the need for gas, providing a sustainable heating solution.
‘Addressing local needs’
Councillor Kim Taylor-Smith, deputy leader and lead member for housing, said: “Seeing the first spades in the ground at these sites is an exciting moment in our mission to provide much-needed good-quality homes across our borough, including at least 300 at social rent.
“There’s no single, simple solution to London’s housing crisis and that’s why we have committed to reduce the number of empty homes, push developers to provide more social housing and develop a policy to provide affordable housing for key workers.”
Roger Forsdyke, managing director for Willmott Dixon’s London & South region, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Kensington & Chelsea Council on their bold New Homes Delivery Programme, creating much needed homes for local residents and providing a minimum of half for social rent.
“We have a proud history of delivering housing for local authorities across London, through our specialist local supply chain, and are looking forward to the opportunity to generate local prosperity within the community through our social value programmes.”
Adam Sanford, SCF operations lead, added: “We’re proud that SCF have been able to support Kensington & Chelsea Council in delivering their New Homes Delivery Programme, addressing local housing needs in a sustainable and affordable way, this scheme will be a real asset to the local community.