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New urban village delivers major housing boost for Tottenham

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

New urban village delivers major housing boost for Tottenham New urban village delivers major housing boost for Tottenham

A new urban village in the heart of Tottenham has moved a step closer to completion.

Specialist social housing contractor and developer United House has delivered 388 affordable homes across three large residential blocks as part of a £75 million contract on behalf of Lee Valley Estates and housing provider Newlon Housing Trust.

Hale Village is a major residential and retail complex next to Tottenham Hale underground station in north London.

United House started construction work on the affordable housing element in June 2009. All will be made available to people from the local community for social rent, shared ownership or key worker accommodation.

Hale Village is due for completion in 2016. Once finished, it will comprise 1,160 homes, including private waterside apartments. It will also provide accommodation for 1,300 university students, a headquarters for Newlon Housing Trust, a renal unit for the Royal Free Hospital and a community centre and nursery for the Church of England. It will also include a Tesco food store and a fitness centre operated by the Gym Group.

Jeffrey Adams, Group Chief Executive of United House, said: “Hale Village is the largest construction project we have been involved in and demonstrates our ability to deliver complex mixed-use developments on time and to budget.

"The scale of this new urban village for Tottenham is astonishing – it’s been fantastic to be involved in such a huge regeneration project which is breathing new life into one of London’s most deprived areas.”

Michael Polledri, Chairman of Lee Valley Estates, said: “The completion of this phase of Hale Village proves that despite the most challenging circumstances well designed, well built and attractive major schemes that take real account of local needs and aspirations can succeed beyond all expectations. We have enjoyed working with United House and look forward to many future, major schemes together.”

Mike Hinch, Newlon Housing Trust Chief Executive, said: “I am really impressed by the high quality of the buildings that United House have constructed for us at Hale Village, which is a real beacon for regeneration in this corner of north London. United House have also impressed me with their ability to remain focused on the programme in hand during what has been a difficult economic period.”

United House also undertook the technically challenging and significant infrastructure works for the development, including its concrete foundations, underground car parking, roads, drainage, lighting and landscaping. It was necessary for them to work in close liaison with Network Rail on the project as the underground railway line runs directly below the site, which was formerly home to an aeroplane factory.

The sustainable development has been built to Code Level 4 and incorporates a Combined Heat and Power system, also built by United House, which serves the whole scheme via two eco-friendly biomass boilers. The buildings also feature green sedum roofs and sky allotment gardens for residents which allow them to grow their own vegetables on the roof.

Construction technologies employed including using pre-cast columns and pre-manufactured staircases, which can be made off site and then slotted into place, to ensure the build programme ran smoothly.

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