Havering Council and Wates Residential celebrated the start of construction at the Napier and New Plymouth House site in Rainham, Havering, with a visit to the site before the national lockdown came into force to take delivery of key construction equipment. The site, which completed demolition in February, is one of 12 included in the joint venture’s ’12 Estates’ regeneration programme. The programme will see around 3,500 high-quality new homes delivered in Havering over the next 12 to 15 years. The GBP 1.5 billion project will seek to double the amount of council rented accommodation and more than double the number of affordable homes for local people.
The plans for the Napier and New Plymouth House site have been designed to meet high demand for affordable housing across the borough and include 197 high-quality, council-rented and mix of affordable housing properties which local people can be proud to call home. All residents who have been moved off the site to enable the regeneration have been guaranteed the right to return to the brand-new properties.
As part of the project, Havering Council and Wates Residential have pledged to deliver a borough-wide legacy by investing in education, training and skills opportunities, and by employing local businesses to work on the scheme. The joint venture is also committed to buying British, wherever possible.