Construction has now started on the first new affordable homes at Westminster City Council’s flagship £80m Dudley House development, as part of the council’s City for All ambition to deliver 1,850 affordable homes in Westminster by 2023 and create successful neighbourhoods.
Once completed, the mixed-use scheme, located on the former Dudley House site on North Wharf Road in the Paddington Basin regeneration area, will offer 197 new intermediate affordable homes for rent. The scheme will also see construction of a new permanent home for Marylebone Boys’ School alongside a new modern community space for the Central Pentecostal Church and neighbourhood improvements to local public spaces. The homes are scheduled for completion in Spring 2019. Overall, the scheme, which is being delivered by Willmott Dixon, aims to achieve BREEAM “very good” to underline the energy and cost effectiveness of the homes and school.
Cllr Nickie Aiken, Leader of Westminster City Council, said on a recent site visit:
“Affordable housing is one of our top priorities, and I’m delighted to see work progressing on this key site as part of the council’s commitment to creating great places where people are proud to live and work. The new homes will help address the demand for much-needed affordable homes for working people and their families, and build a thriving, successful community in the heart of Westminster.”
Cllr Rachael Robathan, Cabinet Member for Housing at Westminster City Council, who also attended the visit, added:
“Given its prime location next to Paddington Station, the Dudley House site has long been identified as an area with great potential and it provides a fantastic opportunity to build nearly 200 intermediate affordable homes. I am especially pleased that a new state of the art building in the development will be a permanent home for Marylebone Boys’ School”.
The school has been in temporary accommodation since September 2014, and its new permanent home, scheduled to open in September 2018, will provide a modern learning environment for 840 pupils, starting with an intake of 480 pupils. It will also offer a mixed sixth form.
Head teacher Richard Ardron said:
“We are delighted that Westminster City Council and the Education Funding Agency have worked tirelessly to secure a first class site for the school and we look forward to working in partnership with them as they build our new school.”