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The Grand old Duke of York, he opened 56 new homes

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development

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The Duke of York officially opened Peabody Homes' new 56-home development in London yesterday.

Prince Andrew unveiled a plaque on Peabody Avenue to mark the close of the housing association's 150th anniversary celebrations.

The 19th century avenue is one of Peabody’s most distinctive Victorian estates. The £12m redevelopment was completed last year and was designed to complement the existing buildings.

The Duke praised Peabody’s community work and met with people involved in youth programmes and a project to tackle isolation and loneliness amongst older residents. He also commented on how the new build compliments the historic Victorian architecture on the Avenue.

Peabody chief executive, Stephen Howlett, said: “It was fantastic to welcome His Royal Highness to Peabody Avenue at the close of our anniversary year. It was a wonderfully happy occasion, and our residents and children were so enthusiastic to greet the Duke. We are proud to have created 56 new sustainable homes whilst revitalising the open spaces on the Avenue and building a first-class new community centre. My thanks to all of our partners who made this possible, and to the Duke of York for helping our community celebrate in style.”

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