Construction has begun on the next phase of the Ocean Estate regeneration scheme.
This will see the demolition of three poorly designed blocks on the estate, which will be replaced by 225 new homes for affordable rent and shared ownership.
The demolition of Allonby, Channel and Studland Houses, is the next part of an ambitious regeneration project that will transform a renowned estate in Mile End into a brand new, inclusive community.
Two hundred and twenty-five new homes will be built on the site formerly occupied by these three houses. They will be built to a modern and sustainable standard by the East Thames Housing Association. Ninety-two of these will be affordable rented properties, and 29 will be for shared ownership. This means that 54 per cent will be affordable housing.
In total, this next phase will see approximately £13 million invested in the Ocean Estate. This includes £3,895,000 from the Greater London Authority (GLA).
Between 2009 and the end of 2013, more than £220 million has been spent on the Ocean Estate. In this time, more than 1,200 existing council homes have been refurbished. Over 800 of these have had new kitchens and bathrooms installed, and all homes have new windows and other refurbishments to the exterior of the building.
So far, more than 800 new homes have been built – offering new homes for social rent, shared ownership and private sale. Half of these (395) are affordable, offering shared ownership to help first time buyers.
New community facilities have also been provided, including a community centre offering an extensive GP service, housing services, and space for community groups. Play areas and ball courts are just a few of the many features that have been added to the estate.
Aman Dalvi, corporate director for development and renewal, at Tower Hamlets Council, said: “What we’ve built at the Ocean Estate isn’t just bricks and mortar. It’s a brand new, inclusive community that has delivered and will continue to deliver positive change to a wide range of people. It is a brilliant example of how to ensure the community is involved in the changes going on around them.”
The Ocean Estate scheme has been recognised for such achievements at the London Planning Awards. The Vivo & So Stepney developments won the award for Best New Place to Live this year.
Ocean Estate is part of the council’s continuing ambition to make Tower Hamlets ‘a great place to live’. Their vision is to achieve a borough where people live in quality affordable housing, located in clean and safe neighbourhoods, served by well-connected and easy to access services and community facilities.