Viridian Housing to regenerate Elizabeth House
Published by Julie H for Viridian Housing in Housing and also in Health
Viridian Housing has been successful in winning the tender from Sutton Council to regenerate the Elizabeth House sheltered housing scheme site in Cheam. The plan is to replace the existing accommodation with brand new energy efficient one and two bedroom homes with a mix of tenures for people aged 55+ including Extra Care and 18 homes for younger adults with both learning disabilities and physical and sensory impairments.
Viridian were chosen by a panel which included both the council and current residents of Elizabeth House. The residents will remain in Elizabeth House until the new homes are available for them to move into straightaway.
Chris Miller, director of business development at Viridian says "we are really pleased to have been selected as the preferred partner by Sutton Council for this project and it will be great to be working with the existing residents of Elizabeth House to help create a scheme that we can all be proud of. In the current climate we are having to find innovative ways to fund projects and this is a good example of how a local authority and a housing association can continue to work in partnership to provide quality affordable housing."
Viridian, with its partners United House and Calford Seaden will be working up plans from the initial proposals with the residents and the council over the next few months ready for a planning submission in 2011.
Cllr Colin Stears, Sutton’s executive member for adult social services and health, said the way the residents had been involved in the selection process was a model for future developments. "Members of the community have played a vital role in the decision. "That involvement will now definitely continue into the planning and building stages - this is a model of how we should be doing things in the future."