Trinity Woolwich - a success story
2018 - September, Latest news
The Trinity Woolwich development (formerly One Woolwich) is providing a massive transformation from outdated, run-down neighbourhoods to pleasant, convenient communities.
Trinity Walk is phase one of the scheme, and the first residents have already moved in. When complete, the project will take out three socially challenging estates with high density population housing and replace them with 1500 homes in a more attractive setting.
The ambitious, 7-year project is a joint enterprise with developer Lovell Homes and the Royal Borough of Greenwich council. PA Housing’s contribution is 525 properties, both affordable homes and for social rent, which represents 35% of the overall development.
Providing affordable housing is central to our aims so the Woolwich programme exemplifies our stated purpose. The demand for new homes is growing and the shortage is most acute in London and the South East where housing prices are beyond the reach of many. In response, we see the London market as a core area for attention and so were keen to be involved in this project that will make dramatic improvements to the area.
The new homes have taken account of the area’s rich history, in particular its military heritage. The development is sympathetic to local building materials and design, reflecting the London brick barracks that previously dominated the area. They are also extremely convenient for commuters. Since the opening of Crossrail they are just a 20 minute journey from central London.
The strong and committed working relationship between the involved parties has enabled an innovative approach to regeneration planning. Trinity Woolwich is unique, in that it has embraced an ambitious short life project that is allowing existing properties to be reused during the development process, rather than standing empty awaiting demolition. We decanted existing occupants, who were given the opportunity to be rehoused by the council elsewhere in the Borough or to return to their neighbourhood once the new properties are completed.
We then refurbished the properties and offered them on short-term lets. That avoided having properties stand idle, so they did not become unsightly targets for vandals. Families with real housing needs, who were put forward by the council, used them as temporary homes, at favourable rent levels.
The scheme has helped the council to manage its housing demand, including meeting some commitments such as providing homes for refugees. By ensuring that all the accommodation is used while the clearance is underway, the scheme opens up housing opportunities that did not exist previously.
PA Housing Chief Operating Officer, Matt Cooney, said:
We are very proud of what has been achieved through our partnership with Lovell Homes and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. These fantastic new homes provide another opportunity for people living or working locally to live in new homes at an accessible price, made possible through the availability of affordable rent and the shared ownership scheme."Matt Cooney
As part of our long term commitment to the area PA Housing has opened a local office that will provide a useful hub for residents and help to address local community needs. It is just 5 minutes from the station, with space for five users, and it has an adjoining training room. We are also about to embark on a training programme for local residents. We will offer a minimum of 640 training hours. We are also starting a local repairs service which will introduce our own labour force over 2 years, providing employment opportunities for local residents. The office, direct labour and training will also offer the chance for residents to take part in work experience in a range of skills from building maintenance to office work.
We have worked with Lovell and the Royal Borough of Greenwich to employ an estate management agent who will be overseen by an estate management board, made up of residents and PA representatives. This will ensure that all residents have the same level of service and have a say in how the area is run.
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