Hidden spaces become council homes in RBKC
Published by Thea McNaught-Reynolds for Kensington & Chelsea TMO in Housing and also in Local Government
Accessible rooms feature in the Hidden Homes developments
Three brand new Council homes at World’s End Estate have been completed as part of the collaborative Hidden Homes programme in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Space is at a premium in the Royal Borough, so the Council and the TMO have been working closely together to redevelop underused spaces on existing Council estates. An unused office space at Greaves Tower, World’s End Estate, is the first in the programme to be completed, having been turned into three separate 2-bedroom units.
The Royal Borough’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Rock Feilding-Mellen, who launched the three new homes on Friday, said: “I am really pleased to see this old office space brought back into use as housing for local people. We have great need for more affordable homes for people who live and work in the borough, and so this and other developments we have coming up over the next few months will help to deliver the Council's aspiration of providing lower cost homes for those in housing need.“
TMO Chief Executive Robert Black said: “A key consideration for the programme is adding to our stock of accessible housing for people with mobility problems. All the new homes are built to ‘Lifetime Homes’ specifications and we are really proud that they have been delivered to a very high standard.
The three homes have applicants ready to move in as soon the keys are made available. Two applicants are from the Homeless Persons Register and one is a TMO tenant who is transferring on medical grounds.
The transferring tenant, who has mobility difficulties and uses a walking aid, says she is thrilled with her more accessible new home.
“I’m currently on the fourth floor and I rely on family to do a lot of my shopping and errands. Moving into my new home will give me so much more independence” she said.
“I’ll be able to do my own shopping now and I can reach everything in the kitchen. It will make such a difference.”
Three 3 bedroom homes are also under development at Holmefield House in the North of the Borough and are due for completion in November 2013.
‘Lifetime Homes’ is a set of principles developed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation that has been adopted into current building regulations. The principles focus on enhanced accessibility and design features that make the home flexible enough to meet whatever comes along in life, for example disability. The goal is for properties to always be able to meet the needs of inhabitants.
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