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New homes for local people

Our vision is to build new, modern homes for local residents, providing Churchill Gardens with much-needed affordable housing and new community supported homes twice the size of the current Darwin House bedsits.

The images below show artists’ impressions of our updated designs for 34 new community supported homes, 18 new homes for intermediate rent, and a new green space for local residents.

Scroll down to learn more about the updated designs.

 

Artist's impression of the proposed Balmoral Castle and Darwin House homes

Artist's impression of the proposed Balmoral Castle and Darwin House homes

 

View of proposal featuring community supported homes from Churchill Gardens Road

View of proposal featuring community supported homes from Churchill Gardens Road

 

View of proposed intermediate homes from Grosvenor Road

View of proposed intermediate homes from Grosvenor Road

Our proposals have been designed to

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Reflect the award-winning architecture of Churchill Gardens estate

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Respect neighbouring buildings

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Prioritise Churchill Gardens residents for new homes through a local lettings plan

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Be owned and retained by the council, becoming an asset for the community for years to come

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Provide a world class example of environmentally friendly design

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Improve quality of life for Darwin House residents

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Image showing the height of the community supported housing compared with nearby buildings

 

Our proposals would provide 34 modern community supported homes to replace the ones currently at Darwin House.

These homes would greatly improve the quality of life for Darwin House residents, giving them almost twice the amount of space they have in their current homes and access to modern amenities to make their lives more comfortable.

They are designed to high sustainability standards to minimise the carbon footprint of the building and reduce energy costs for residents.

Balmoral Castle and Darwin House balconies of new homes

the Housing for Ageing Population Panel’s (HAPPI) framework.

HAPPI standards help architects design homes that meet the needs of residents in supported housing and provide them with a comfortable, pleasant environment to live in.

Homes built to these standards would give residents:  

  • approximately twice the amount of space they currently have  
  • separate bathroom, bedroom, and living area  
  • a spacious balcony with views of the new landscaped area  
  • flexible living areas, including a space that could be used as a study or second bedroom for a carer or family member 
  • a home designed to be safe and easy to use, dementia-friendly and fully accessible 
Balmoral Castle and Darwin House interior design sketch

 

Current typical bedsit floor plan compared with example floor plan of homes built to HAPPI standards
View of Balmoral Castle area after redevelopment

The 18 affordable homes we are proposing as part of this development will be for intermediate rent to local people. Intermediate rent is affordable housing aimed at people who generally do not qualify for social rent, but struggle to afford market rent in Westminster.

These homes will be retained by the council and made available through the intermediate housing waiting list.

We have changed the proposals from 19 one and two-bedroom homes to 18 one-bedroom homes to allow for a reduction in height, and to address the demand for one-bedroom homes in the area.

At June 2020, there were 159 households on the intermediate waiting list for one-bedroom homes in SW1.

These homes will be retained by the council, and a local lettings plan will ensure residents in the Churchill Gardens Estate have top priority.

If you would like to apply for the intermediate housing waiting list, please visit Home Ownership Westminster for more information.

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Our proposals are for 100% affordable housing. We would deliver both homes for intermediate rent, and community supported housing.

What is community supported housing?

Community supported housing provides homes for social rent that gives older residents the opportunity to live independently, whilst having access to any support they may require.

Each self-contained home is fitted with a community alarm system and in most buildings a manager lives on site to provide people with direct support when they need it.

What is intermediate rent?

Intermediate rent is affordable housing aimed at people who generally do not qualify for social rent, but struggle to afford market rent in Westminster.

This type of rent is aimed at people who already live and work in the city but are finding it hard to afford their own place in Westminster.

If you would like to apply for the intermediate housing waiting list, please visit Home Ownership Westminster for more information.

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Our designs have been updated to ensure your feedback has been taken on board where possible. 

We have considered your thoughts and concerns, and our architects have made changes to the design after the February 2020 drop-in sessions. 

 

Image showing the height of the community supported housing compared with nearby buildings

Image showing the height of the community supported housing compared with nearby buildings

 

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Image showing the gap between the proposed intermediate block and homes on Grosvenor Road

 

Sketch of proposed community supported housing block as viewed from Shelley House

Sketch of proposed community supported housing block as viewed from Shelley House

 

Image showing the distance between the proposed community supported homes and Shelley house is 38 meters

Image showing the distance between the proposed community supported homes and Shelley house is 38 meters

 

Image with yellow line showing silhouette of February 2020 proposals versusl updated block with reduction in height

Image with yellow line showing silhouette of February 2020 proposals versusl updated block with reduction in height

Image of current garages at Balmoral Castle and Darwin House

If you rent a garage that is earmarked to be part of this proposal, please email us at [email protected]

We will pass your details on to our colleagues in Housing Services and they will be in touch with more information and advice for your specific circumstances.

Do you have a question?

Please get in touch with our Regeneration Team to learn more about the project.

Email us at [email protected]