A ‘pioneering’ affordable housing development was launched in Bermondsey last week at a former brownfield site on the banks of the Thames.
All 182 of the new Chambers Wharf homes are currently shared-ownership or social-rented – although private properties will eventually be added to the site in Chambers Street.
They were built by developers St James in less than two years and were officially opened by Deputy Mayor for Housing, Lane and Property, Richard Blakeway, last Friday.
As well as the affordable homes, a community centre which will be used by local schools was built and nearby roads and children’s play areas were improved.
One of the first residents, mother-of-four Ingrid Thomas, said: “We now have the space and facilities to function as a proper family. I’m blown away by the high quality and design of the home. The outdoor space is wonderful and has already started bringing residents together. The children are also really excited about the play area which is currently being built!”
The next stage of the development will see private homes built, bringing the total number of properties across the site to 587. The homes will be spread across seven buildings ranging in height from 10 to 14 stories.
Phase two will also see the creation of new walkways and cycleways surrounding the development, which will help reconnect the area with the riverside.
Councillor Mark Williams, Southwark cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transport said: “In Southwark we are tackling the housing crisis head on and are doing all we can to build the quality affordable homes our residents so desperately need. This development delivers affordable homes at social rent, while also helping local residents get onto the property ladder with shared ownership homes.”