Gracewood and EastendHomes to develop rooftop homes in London

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Mile End, rooftop

Gracewood Group and EastendHomes will provide 142 new homes on Eric Estate in London along with further estate refurbishment work, construction is already underway

Gracewood Group will bring rooftop homes to Mile End in the largest airspace development scheme in the UK.

Almost 80% of the homes will be delivered for affordable rent and intermediate home opportunities, with Gracewood Group keen to emphasise that rooftop development can maximise space in the capital and make a real contribution to housing supply.

The homes are designed to match the existing buildings using yellow stock brick with a mixture of glazed elevations, recessed balconies and glass panelling. Communal interiors will include improved access and lifts to both existing and new apartments.

The studio, one, two and three-bedroom homes will sit two-storeys high, atop five existing low rise apartment blocks with a further 11 apartments being developed in a former garage space.

Gracewood Group will make significant improvements to communal areas, landscaping and play spaces to enhance the public realm.

This will include upgrades to play equipment, as well as creating 251 new cycle parking spaces.

The first phase is scheduled to complete in Q3 2022.

The scheme will ‘significantly’ improve the area

Charles Pear, director at Gracewood, said: “This is an exciting and much-anticipated project that will set a precedent for future airspace developments, something we believe forms part of the solution to the UK’s housing shortage.

“This work in Mile End will further enhance the Eric estate, providing much needed new quality homes using innovative modern construction methods.

“We are proud to be working with a well-respected local housing association to provide genuinely affordable homes for local people.”

Steve Inkpen, director of special projects and new business at EastendHomes, added: “This scheme is now underway and once completed will provide much needed new homes for those who need them in our area.

“It is excellent that almost 80% of them will be affordable and that Gracewood will be working with residents to improve the estate.

“Outside space is very important to our residents too and by providing play areas and better landscaping.”

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