Westminster City Council have launched a 100 per cent affordable new development in the heart of Paddington Basin, delivering 197 new homes for affordable rent.
Dudley House is a £104 million council-led, mixed-use development in the heart of London. It aims to encourage a more diverse community in central London by tackling the critical shortage of affordable housing in the City of Westminster.
The development in the Paddington Basin was designed by architects Child Graddon Lewis (CGL), constructed by Willmott Dixon Construction, and will be managed by Pinnacle Group. Currie & Brown was appointed to provide building surveying, cost management, principal designer and project management services on the project.
Unlike other developments in the office-dominated area, Dudley house incorporates 197 council-owned residential in a modern residential block. The rent collected from these properties will help the community too, funding essential services for all residents.
Councillor Rachael Robathan, Westminster City Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration, said:
“Just 2 per cent of homes in our City are for those on average or ‘intermediate’ incomes. We need to ensure that those who work here have a chance of living here - that means people like the families, doctors and nurses who keep Westminster moving.
“Dudley House is an example of how a local authority, working with partners, can build affordable and attractive properties in the middle of a capital city with an intense crush on its housing stock and sky-high rents. The City Council is leading an ambitious programme to deliver 1,850 affordable homes by 2023, and Dudley House is an important milestone in that work.”
The project also includes a new permanent home for Marylebone Boys School, a church and a retail unit.
Chris Tredget, managing director at Willmott Dixon, said:
"We are delighted to have provided 197 high quality sustainable homes at Dudley House as part of the ongoing success of Paddington Basin’s regeneration, as well as providing Marylebone Boys School with a first class learning environment for the students.
"Key to delivering the largest design-and-build contract scheme in Westminster were great relationships and a fantastic spirit of collaboration from start to finish between ourselves, the school, Westminster and the architect.”
James Felstead, Director at Child Graddon Lewis, said:
“Paddington Basin has recently undergone a dramatic transformation and this scheme completes one of the missing pieces of the jigsaw, delivered on a tight, challenging site.
“The vibrant mix of uses will help to further enliven the area, broadening the make-up of the local community to ensure Paddington Basin becomes much more than just a place where people work. We absolutely believe schemes such as Dudley House offer a new vision for providing a mix of uses and we’re excited to have played our part in creating that.”
Matthew Curry, Senior Project Manager at Currie & Brown, said:
“Working collaboratively has allowed us to deliver the school on time for the new school year as well as to build a range of affordable homes for the Westminster area. We thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and are pleased to have been a part of this fantastic team.”