Demolition is complete on the first site in phase one of Havering Council’s 12 estates regeneration programme, Napier and New Plymouth House
Since work began on the regeneration programme in July 2019, 72 local people have been hired or have benefitted from training initiatives in a huge boost to the Havering economy.
As part of the scheme, over 700 Havering students have also been engaged via activities including site visits, apprenticeships and work experience placements.
The joint venture programme will see around 3,500 new homes delivered in Havering over the next 12 to 15 years. The £1.5bn project will seek to double the amount of council rented accommodation and more than double the number of affordable homes.
The plans for the Napier and New Plymouth House site, located in Rainham, include 126 affordable homes, with a number earmarked for families, and a further 71 homes for private sale targeted at local buyers. All residents who have been moved off the site to enable the regeneration have been guaranteed the right to return.
To accompany the project, Havering Council and Wates Residential have invested more than £1.3m in social value in the Havering community during the first phase of work on the site.
Havering Council’s director of regeneration, Neil Stubbings, and Wates Residential’s operations director, Adrian Fennessy, visited the site on 27 February with Havering College Built Environment student Izzy.
Izzy is one of the students who have seen their careers kick-started through a two-week work experience placement. She said: “I’ve found it incredibly helpful so far. They’ve had me sit in on several meetings, which has helped me understand the role of a site manager.”