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Former Soho police building to make way for 65 affordable homes

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

Former Soho police building to make way for 65 affordable homes Former Soho police building to make way for 65 affordable homes

A derelict Metropolitan Police building in Soho is to be demolished to make way for new homes.

The £54 million project will see 78 new homes built, 65 of which will be for affordable rent, as well as shops and restaurants.

The affordable homes will be let by Dolphin Square Foundation.

Trenchard House, a former police section house in Broadwick Street, has lain vacant for almost 13 years after it was decommissioned and sold.

The project was kick-started after unconditional contracts were signed between the Greater London Authority (GLA) and developer Barratt Homes, and was made possible when the GLA took over ownership of the site from the Homes and Communities Agency last year.

Announcing the news, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "After years of lying dormant it is fantastic news that this site will be welcoming in the diggers and bringing new homes to the heart of historic Soho. The project is a great example of how vacant public land can be released to deliver more housing for Londoners, as well as giving a boost to the economy and to jobs in the construction industry."

Alastair Baird, regional managing director of Barratt London, said: "We are delighted to conclude the agreement with the Mayor to take forward the development of the Trenchard House site. It is excellent news that the Mayor is pushing hard to bring publically owned derelict sites back into use, in partnership with Barratt London and other developers."

Brian Ham, chief executive of Dolphin Square Foundation, said: "This is a terrific opportunity to showcase our new model of affordable rental homes for working Londoners. We’ll be targeting local people who drive the engine room of the London economy, including those earning the London Living Wage."

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