London & South East

Award-winning housing scheme makes good progress

 Nightingale GroveAn award-winning new build, mixed-use development at Nightingale Grove in Hither Green, Lewisham, is making good progress in a project which will provide 62 apartments and six commercial units for developers, housing association L&Q (London and Quadrant).

The scheme is being completed by Main Contractors Quadrant Construction – L&Q’s in house construction company. The project won architects Emoli Petroschka a CABE Design Award in 2008.  Brendan Flynn Construction Ltd has provided the full carpentry package to the project and Fork Rent have provided all of the self-drive plant.

“This project in Lewisham is an example of L&Q’s on-going commitment to building high quality affordable new homes in London. We are delighted by how well this project is going” said Mr Jashim Ali, Project Manager at L&Q.

The four storey development is split into three buildings, with a long block to the rear and two further blocks at the front. The scheme will include will 38 one bedroom apartments, 20 two bedroom, and four three bedroom apartments. Of these, 14 will be for affordable rent, six for shared ownership and the remaining 42 available under London & Quadrant’s ‘Up to You’ scheme. This scheme allows occupiers the opportunity to live in an apartment for a trial period at a reduced rent (the rent savings can then be put towards a deposit if the occupiers decide to purchase the apartment at the end of the trial period).

All of the properties are being constructed to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design standards and all will have a 12 year NHBC Warranty. Nightingale Grove

The building is of concrete frame structure with external elevations mostly in brick, incorporating cladding elements and other features. Windows are aluminium framed and the building has a flat roof.

External works include the creation of a 12 space car park, as well as landscaping.

The scheme is now two thirds complete, with overall completion scheduled for February 2012. Currently all the external elements of the building, including the windows and the roofing, have been completed and work is progressing on the installation of internal partitioning and the mechanical and electrical first fix.

One of the UK’s largest housing associations, L&Q works with more than 90 local authorities in London and the South East and manages over 67,000 homes.

The association opened in 1963 and its first office was in St Mary Magdalane Church in Woolwich. Its head office is now based at Osborn House, Osborn Terrace, London. L&Q works with 70 specialist agencies in the supported housing sector and employs more than 1,000 staff in 20 locations. The association was ranked at number 39 in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For.

‘Creating places where people want to live’ is more than a corporate vision for L&Q.  It is a passion that drives the association to work together with a common focus, satisfying the need from so many people for a place to call home.

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