Edith Summerskill House and Watermeadow Court
Learn more about demolition of Edith Summerskill House
Please come to the information event we’re holding at 7pm on 4 May at the Clem Attlee Tenants Hall. You’ll have the chance to speak to our contractor – Squibb Group – and ask any questions you like about the demolition. For more information read our latest letter to residents (pdf 106KB) and Squibb’s first demolition newsletter (pdf 150KB).
Hammersmith & Fulham Council is planning to build 133 new homes in Fulham, 80 per cent for social rent.
These will be offered first to people living on the Clem Attlee estate and then to Fulham residents.
In addition, more than 190 homes will be built at a second development in Watermeadow Court in Sands End, which is planned to be 100 per cent homes for market sale with a contribution to help fund new, genuinely affordable homes in the Edith Summerskill House development.
The new homes for sale at Watermeadow Court will also be offered first to people living and working in the borough, in contrast to many developments in London which are sold off plan to overseas property investors.
The new homes are being made possible thanks to a new, visionary joint venture with developer Stanhope Plc, called HFS Developments.
The 50/50 partnership with the council will not only provide genuinely affordable homes, it also enables the council to share in any profits generated through the sale of homes on the private market. The council can then use its share to invest in providing more genuinely affordable homes.
Below are more details about each of the schemes, which we hope will be helpful. You can also see more images of what Edith Summerskill House could look like in the future.
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- What is being proposed?
Edith Summerskill House is being re-developed to provide 133 new, genuinely affordable homes for local people. This is significantly more homes than in the previous plans.
- Who are the homes for and what will they cost?
Of these new homes, 106 (four out of five) will be homes for local people on the council’s waiting lists to rent. The rents will be set low at council-level. The other 27 homes (one-fifth of the total) will be for affordable intermediate rent or low-cost sale to first-time local buyers.
- How is this being achieved?
We’ve set up a joint venture company with developers Stanhope Plc – called HFS Developments. This company will build more than 190 homes for market sale at Watermeadow Court in Townmead Road, Sands End, and use the proceeds to help pay for the 133 new, genuinely affordable homes at Edith Summerskill House on the Clem Attlee Estate.
- Will homes at Watermeadow Court be for local people too?
Yes, the homes at Watermeadow Court will initially be marketed to people living and working in the borough – and not overseas investors.
- Are there other benefits?
Yes. The new council administration has worked to ensure that both developments will provide new opportunities for local jobs and training, and work for local firms. They will also provide an added boost to their local areas and bring new life to two sites that have been lying virtually empty for a long time.
- What consultation will there be?
We held a consultation event in September 2016 where we presented the design proposals for Edith Summerskill House. A second consultation event will be held on 1 and 5 December 2016, followed by a formal consultation on the planning application once it is submitted in early 2017.
We held a series of consultation events for the Watermeadow Court proposals on 24, 26 and 28 November 2016.
- Why do you need a joint venture company?
HFS Developments is a true 50/50 partnership with the council. It not only ensures the delivery of affordable homes but shares in any profits generated through the sales of homes on the private market. Any profits generated for the council will be re-invested in building new, genuinely affordable homes.
A joint venture also means the council can secure additional expertise and capital from a third party to bring forward major new developments which benefit residents.
- Who can I speak to if I want more information on the development proposals?
Edith Summerskill House
- What is the schedule at Edith Summerskill House?
A planning application will be submitted at the end of April 2017. Demolition of Edith Summerskill House is currently scheduled to begin in May 2017 and will be undertaken by the council.
We anticipate that the demolition will be complete by November 2017 and that the new homes will be ready for residents to move into in early 2020.
- Who will undertake the work?
The joint venture intends to appoint a housing association to build and manage the new development. They will own and manage the building once construction is completed.
The housing association will keep rents low in line with those across the Clem Attlee Estate.
- What is the process for demolition at Edith Summerskill House and how long will it take?
Demolition will be undertaken by the council and is currently scheduled to begin in May 2017. It will happen in three stages.
The first stage is the preparation of the site and will take around three weeks. This involves putting hoardings around the site to protect the buildings and the public. The building will be surrounded by full height scaffolding, which will be wrapped to minimise dust and noise to the surrounding buildings.
The second and third stages will begin in June 2017 and take 26 weeks to complete.
The second stage is known as the ‘soft strip’. It involves stripping out all non-structural items including windows, kitchens and bathrooms.
The third stage is the main demolition. This involves raising machinery to roof level and breaking up the structure.
Demolition work will take place Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. On Saturday, it will be from 8am to 1pm with no noisy work until 10am. Any work outside these hours will be in exceptional circumstances only and would have to be agreed by us, with residents notified in advance.
- Why has the re-development hot happened sooner?
Since being elected in 2014, the new council administration has been working on getting a better deal for residents than the previous plan offered. That has meant refining the joint venture agreement, re-negotiating the procurement and legal aspects of the deal and getting the financing in place to build a significantly higher number of genuinely affordable new homes.
The council has also been working to find new homes or compensation for the remaining residents at Edith Summerskill House so it can decently secure vacant possession of the site.
- How will deliveries and site traffic be managed?
Site deliveries and waste disposal will be strictly controlled to avoid busy times such as the school run and rush hour. Lorries will be restricted to 20mph and advance notice will be given for any road closures which may be required.
We’ll also set up a meeting with the contractors on site so that residents can ask any specific questions they have about the works.
- Why are there no affordable units at Watermeadow Court?
Watermeadow Court will provide for a substantial commuted payment to be negotiated with the council to maximise the development of genuinely affordable homes at Edith Summerskill House.
Of the 325 homes which the joint venture is planning to build across two sites, 133 will be at Edith Summerskill House and 80 per cent of these will be for social rent. This is a significantly higher number of genuinely affordable homes than in the previous plan, which the new council administration has reworked.
- What is the schedule at Watermeadow Court?
A planning application for both sites will be submitted at the end of April 2017. We anticipate that demolition, which will be undertaken by the council, will begin in April 2017 and finish by December 2017.
Before the construction work can begin, the site requires what is known as ‘remediation’ because of its former industrial use. This will involve removing a large amount of material from site and could take up to six months. To establish the extent of remediation required, ground investigation works have begun at Watermeadow Court.
Once these works are completed, construction will begin. We anticipate finishing this by summer 2020.
- When will Watermeadow Court be demolished and how long will it take?
Demolition will be undertaken by the council and is currently scheduled to begin in April 2017. It will happen in three stages.
The first stage is the preparation of the site and will take around four weeks. This involves putting hoardings around the site to protect the buildings and the public. The building will be surrounded by full height scaffolding which will be wrapped to minimise dust and noise to the surrounding buildings.
The second stage is known as the ‘soft strip’ and will take approximately 10 weeks. It involves stripping out of all non-structural items including the windows, kitchens and bathrooms.
The third stage is the main demolition stage and will take approximately 12 weeks.
- How will deliveries and site traffic be managed?
Site deliveries and waste disposal will be strictly controlled to avoid busy times such as the school run and rush hour. Lorries will be restricted to 20mph and advance notice will be given for any road closures that may be required.
We’ll also set up a meeting with the contractors on site so that residents can ask any specific questions they have about the work.