Hill recently completed 229 high-quality homes, exclusively designated for affordable rent, on behalf of the council. Providing 187 apartments, 27 houses, and 15 maisonettes, these new properties include 54 extra-care homes and seven homes designed to enable people with learning difficulties to enjoy independent living. A combined heat and power energy centre will help improve energy efficiency, and new community facilities include a landscaped central park, play areas, and a community centre.
These homes are just one phase of the wider regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate which is being managed by Southwark Council. The total redevelopment will see 3,575 new homes and 7,800 sqm of employment, retail, healthcare and community spaces built over the coming years.
The overall masterplan aims to create new neighbourhoods which are integrated into the wider network of streets and spaces in Walworth. The Una Marson library on the estate was recently finished and will be opening to residents before Christmas. The library is named after Una Marson, who was the first Black female presenter on the BBC during World War II.
Councillor Helen Dennis, Southwark’s Cabinet Member for New Homes and Sustainable Development, said: “It’s really exciting to see residents moved into these wonderful new council homes and celebrate the start of a new chapter in the story of the Aylesbury Estate. I can see the difference these new homes are making to the lives of our residents and it’s fantastic to be able to celebrate that here in the brand new community centre at the heart of this latest development”.
Oluwakemi Odutayo, a resident who moved into her new home on Aylesbury Estate in March, said, “I’m really pleased with my new home. It’s spacious, it has a garden, my kids are enjoying it, and our lives have much improved since moving out of temporary accommodation”.
Andy Fancy, Managing Director at The Hill Group comments: “I am delighted to celebrate this significant milestone with our joint venture partners at Southwark Council and residents of the Aylesbury Estate. These high-quality sustainable homes will help transform people’s lives for many generations and we are looking forward to continuing this strong, collaborative partnership to support Southwark in their future plans to deliver sustainable housing across the borough.”
Southwark Council and Hill are also working together to deliver another phase of 352 new council homes on the estate. The first of these homes are expected to be finished in spring 2024 with the development completed by autumn 2025.