Demolition starts in South Kilburn
Published by CarrieG for Network Housing Group Limited in Housing and also in Communities
1. Colin Forrest, Managing Director United House Ltd; Helen Evans, Network Housing Group chief executive; Peter Jones, head of South Kilburn residents steering group; Councillor George Crane, Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects, Brent Council
Network Housing Group started demolishing two outdated 1960s tower blocks on Tuesday 11 March to make room for 229 brand new apartments comprising 126 private properties and 103 affordable homes as part of South Kilburn’s overall £600 million regeneration project.
Brent Council awarded the contract to Network Housing Group, a leading developer and housing provider, to develop the second phase of South Kilburn’s regeneration project at Bronte and Fielding House with a gross development value of £66.5 million.
Designed by award-winning architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Alison Brooks Architects, the new development will have traditional mansion block facades inspired by the local architecture and will create a courtyard of high quality landscaped gardens with a pedestrian link to Kilburn Park Road. The contractor is United House.
Network Housing Group has also created a unique post of a South Kilburn steward, an on-site senior housing officer, who will act as a single point of contact and information, focusing on encouraging the new community to flourish.
Helen Evans, Chief Executive of Network Housing Group, said: “This is a very exciting time for us, to be part of South Kilburn’s ambitious regeneration project. We are delighted to work with all our partners to create much needed, new homes in London that are affordable and attractive.”
Councillor George Crane, Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects for Brent Council said: “Brent Council is delighted to welcome Network Housing Group as a partner in a further phase of the transformation of South Kilburn.
“Brent’s regeneration scheme is one of the largest and most successful in London at replacing poor quality housing whilst offering existing residents the opportunity to remain in the area.
“The demolition of these two tower blocks and their replacement with high quality family housing is a major milestone for the area. Brent Council will continue to work to attract investment into South Kilburn and to create jobs and training opportunities for local people.”
Jeffrey Adams, Group Chief Executive of United House, said: “United House has a strong track record in delivering complex regeneration projects and we are looking forward to working with Network Housing Group to deliver new homes for the community, positively contributing to South Kilburn’s ongoing transformation.”
The overarching South Kilburn master plan will create 2,400 homes, of which around 1,200 will be made available to existing South Kilburn residents through Brent Council and its development partners. A wealth of new amenities will also be developed, including a new larger urban park, a local primary school, health facilities and a sustainable energy network, which is expected to attract further significant regeneration investment to the area.