Camden councillors and residents celebrated as they marked reaching the top of the new housing block at Agar Grove, donning hard hats to reveal its completed concrete frame. This new block, developed by contractors Hill, will provide 38 new council homes for residents currently living in older housing on the estate.
In total, 493 new and replacement homes are being built at Agar Grove, consisting of a mix of council, intermediate rent and private homes, providing the range of homes badly needed in the face of London’s housing crisis and damaging Government housing policy.
The redevelopment is the largest housing project in CIP, our 15-year programme to invest money in schools, homes and community facilities. The new homes will be larger than the flats they replace and are being built to high standards of environmental sustainability, to keep fuel bills low.
We spoke to two excited residents on the day. Glenda and Pat will be among the first set of residents to move into the new block once it’s complete.
"I’m really looking forward to moving into one of the new homes. I’ve seen the plans and I’m now eager to see the finished look. It will be nice to have more room and I’m pleased to hear that it will be tripled glazed.
“It’s just three of us on the Sturminster estate and we’re all excited about the move. I’ve lived on the estate for over 20 years and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”
"I was one of the first residents to move into the estate with my parents over 50 years ago and so it’s quite nice to be one of the first again. This time I will be moving into the new block with my family and we’re hoping to get one of the ground floor flats with a garden.
I’m looking forward to the move as it will mean more space and it will be a nicer design.
I’m also keen on the cameras and the security measures which will help deter anti-social behaviour.”
Residents in neighbouring blocks on the estate will move in to this new block in Summer 2017. Once these residents have moved, the second phase of development will begin. This phase includes three new blocks and 34 new council homes for residents currently living in older housing on the estate as well as 23 private sale homes, a café, a new public square and garden.
Overall through CIP, we aim to build over 3,050 homes, including 1,400 affordable homes. We’re investing £117 million in schools and children’s centres and providing improved community facilities. To date we have built 277 homes and expect to complete another 425 homes by 2018. We’ve also invested £61 million into schools and children’s centres.
For more information on the project, visit our project map page.