Home / Local news / Mayor marks start of work on new council housing

Mayor marks start of work on new council housing

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has marked the start of on–site preparatory work ahead of construction of 33 council homes at Locksley site A on Rhodeswell Road in Mile End.

The build will form part of three developments that will soon be underway totalling 77 new council homes.

Since 2011 the number of people in our borough has increased by 19% from 256,000 to 304,000 – one of the fastest growths in London. As a result, the Mayor has targeted the delivery of 1,000 council homes to support residents.

The council is also supporting the development of affordable homes. Last year 1,070 affordable homes were built in Tower Hamlets, more than anywhere else in the country.

Built on the existing Locksley estate, the new build will provide 33 council homesincluding a range of sizes that can accommodate larger families, and wheelchair accessible accommodation.

The construction company Bouygues UK – have signed a pre-construction services agreement to carry out preparation works ahead of the build. Bouygues will also be working on the council’s new Town Hall.

This housing is part of a package of three housing projects – which have all received planning consent and will provide 77 new council homes (see below).

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggssaid:

“With the London housing crisis hitting hard in the East End I am committed to building new genuinely affordable council homes.

“These new council homes will help meet the urgent needs of our residents, by providing 77 families with an affordable, high quality, council rent home.

“This is another step in delivering my commitment of 1,000 new council homes.”

Darren Gill, Managing Director – London and South East Housing forBouygues UK, said:

“Housing projects are a key focus for us and we’re delighted to be working again with Tower Hamlets on new, high-quality accessible council homes at the Locksley estate while also creating local employment and apprenticeship opportunities. It’s a key moment for us as a company and for local residents.”

Cllr Sirajul Islam Statutory Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Housing,said:

“These accessible homes are much needed and long awaited. This is a council delivering new genuinely affordable high quality family, council homes and it’s great to see the work commencing.”

Locksley A –This will provide 33 council homes. Work will commence on the site shortly and the development will complete in summer 2020, featuring a mix of one, two and three-bedroom accommodation.

As well as Locksley, two other developments will also commence work this year:

Jubilee Street in StepneyE1 is developing on the site and will deliver 24 council homes including one, two, three and four-bedroom dwellings, 10% of which will be wheelchair accessible.

Baroness Road in Bethnal Green E2 will provide 20 new council homes including one, two and three-bedroom dwellings, 10% of which will be wheelchair accessible.

Also attending the launch event were two apprentices from Tower Hamlets Council Niamul Haque, and Ismail Hussain who will be working on project management of these schemes and  the councils new build programme  giving them an opportunity to develop a range of skills.

As part of the contract with Bouygues UK, the contractor will be expected to use local labour and will work with the council’s employment programme Workpath as part of the process to achieve this.

The 77 new homes will enable residents in need who are currently on the council’s housing register to be accommodated in the three new developments.