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300 Harrow Road hits topping out milestone

300 Harrow Road

Published: 14 November 2022

Westminster City Council celebrated the topping out of Harrow Road on Friday 11 November. 

In partnership with contractor Willmott Dixon, the highest point of the new 300 Harrow Road development has now been built, which will see 112 new truly affordable homes created, a mix of Council homes for social rent and intermediate at London Living Rent level, due to be completed at the end of 2023.

Cllr Matt Noble, Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Regeneration and Renters at Westminster Council was in attendance to mark the occasion, along with the Leader of the Council Adam Hug, Cllr David Boothroyd, Cllr Angela Piddock, and representatives from Willmott Dixon.

The Topping Out ceremony marks an important milestone in the Council’s commitment to deliver affordable housing for Westminster residents. The 300 Harrow Road development saw a change in tenure from market sale to Council homes for social rent in recently approved changes by the Council, as the new administration looks to build a fairer city for residents to live in.

The new approved plans set out that all 61 market sale homes at 300 Harrow Road will now be delivered as Council homes and in total, 112 new affordable homes will be created at this development.

The 100% affordable homes will be re-balanced, so that all one-bedroom homes, including the studios, will be at intermediate rent and the homes with at least two bedrooms will be held as council housing for social rent, helping to meet the need of delivering truly affordable, family-sized homes for residents.

Cllr Matt Noble, Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Regeneration and Renters at Westminster City Council said:

It’s fantastic to see the progress that has been made in hitting this Topping Out milestone and the team has worked extremely hard to build new homes, especially family-sized homes, which our residents desperately need.

We recently announced an increase in the number of truly affordable homes we’re delivering in Westminster, and 300 Harrow Road is the first step in this new plan. Previously only 17 homes here were going to be for social rent – we have now increased this to 77 new homes for social rent and 35 for intermediate rent, which means the scheme is now 100% affordable.  

300 Harrow Road will deliver the same high quality, energy efficient, modern homes that will suit the needs of our residents and will help build a fairer city for everyone to live in.

The Council is taking every opportunity to deliver wider benefits for the community through its investment in the Harrow Road scheme.  The scheme will also deliver a new nursery, community hall, café and improvements to the adjacent landscape. There will also be an affordable enterprise workspace for residents and businesses to use, and as part of the Council’s social value commitment, the scheme has also provided employment opportunities and skills initiatives that benefit the local community through apprenticeships and work placements in partnership with Wilmott Dixon.

Notes to Editors:

  • Read about the Council’s new regeneration pipeline.
  • Harrow Road Enterprise Space: Through this scheme, under Section 106 obligations, 12 works placements and apprenticeships have taken place so far. The local social impact has also been demonstrated by partnering with Westminster Kingsway college to help support Westminster students to qualifications in Level 3 BTEC Engineering with those keen to work in the construction industry.
  • Harrow Road Place Plan: The development also benefits from one of the Council’s key public realm improvement scheme projects for the area: The Harrow Road Place Plan. As part of the Harrow Road Place Plan, a new canal-side landscaped area will enhance the space making it a more inviting place for people to come and relax. The improvements will include: a new pathway through to the canal, central play space open to all residents, new green space with trees and planting.
  • Fairer Westminster: The council recently launched its new Fairer Westminster strategy which sets out how the council will work with the local community to support them and tackle inequality, and aims to build a fairer city for our residents to live in. There are other major regeneration projects in the pipeline still to come, such as Ebury Bridge and Church Street, along with the completion of the new 300 Harrow Road development which will further increase the council’s affordable housing offer.