Edith Summerskill House and Watermeadow Court
Hammersmith & Fulham Council is planning to build 133 new homes at Edith Summerskill House, in Fulham, 80 per cent of which are for social rent, with the remainder to be let as sub-market intermediate rent.
These will be offered first to people living on the Clem Attlee estate and then to Fulham residents.
In addition, more than 218 homes will be built at a second development in Watermeadow Court in Sands End, which includes 36 new genuinely affordable homes, 27 of which will be social rent with the remainder let as sub-market intermediate rent, or sold as low-cost home ownership.
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 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.
- How is this being achieved?
We’ve set up a joint venture company with developers Stanhope Plc – called HFS Developments. This company will build 182 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. The new development will include 36 genuinely affordable homes, 27 of which will be social rent with the remainder let as sub-market intermediate rent, or sold as low-cost home ownership.
- 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 was held on 1 and 5 December 2016, followed by a formal consultation on the planning application before it was 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?
Head of Corporate Communications
Hammersmith & Fulham Council
Tel: +44 (0)20 8753 6597
Edith Summerskill House
- What is the schedule at Edith Summerskill House?
All demolition works are now complete and we expect construction of the new homes to start in the new year. We anticipate that the new homes will be ready for residents to move into in the summer of 2022.
- Who will undertake the work?
The joint venture has appointed Peabody Housing Association to build and manage the new development. They will own and manage the building once construction is completed.
The Peabody HA will keep rents low in line with those across the Clem Attlee Estate.
- Why has the re-development not 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.
- 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.
- What is the schedule at Watermeadow Court?
We anticipate that demolition, which will be undertaken by the council, will begin in January 2019 and finish by April 2019.
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 the first phase of ground investigation works have been completed at Watermeadow Court.
Once all these works are completed, construction will begin. We anticipate finishing this by summer 2022.
- 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.