Celebrity TV builder opens new homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
Celebrity builder Tommy Walsh has opened a new housing development in Bethnal Green.
Mr Walsh, who is the patron of The Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust, opened the scheme which has been named after Bethnal Green-born Victoria Cross recipient, Geoffrey Woolley VC OBE MC.
Mr Woolley was the first Territorial Army officer to be awarded the VC - which he gained for bravery during World War I.
His citation for the Victoria Cross reads: "For most conspicuous bravery on "Hill 60" during the night of 20th–21st April, 1915. Although the only officer on the hill at the time, and with very few men, he successfully resisted all attacks on his trench, and continued throwing bombs and encouraging his men until relieved. His trench during all this time was being heavily shelled and bombed and was subjected to heavy machine gun fire by the enemy."
Both Mr Walsh and Mr Woolley were pupils of Parmiter's School when it was located in Bethnal Green and the opening was attended by former pupils as well as the current head.
The £2.6m development was built on behalf of Tower Hamlets Community Housing by Sandwood Design & Build and consists of one four-bed and 16 three-bed flats for rent, of which two ground floor flats are ‘Category B’ homes built for wheelchair users.
The homes, which were built on a site which attracted ASB problems, have been built to Code 4 with Gas Central Heating and a whole house ventilation system, green wall, secure cycle storage and a communal garden
Mr Walsh spoke of his desire to broaden people’s awareness of the Bethnal Green tube disaster which saw 173 die and 90 injured in March 1943 causing Britain’s worst war time civilian incident.
He said: “I am honoured to have been invited to open this scheme which has seen an underused piece of land that attracted ASB and other problems turned into homes for rent to local people in the borough. Well done to all at THCH”.
Pictured: Tommy Walsh with THCH chief executive Michael Tyrrell.