Bouygues UK and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets commemorated the start of work on 24 new council homes in Stepney on Wednesday 30th January.
Mayor John Biggs and the Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development, James Murray, joined Bouygues UK for a ground-breaking event on the Jubilee Street site where 24 new council homes and an improved family play area will be created in 2020 on a site which was formerly used as a car park.
Jubilee Street is one of three residential projects currently being undertaken by Bouygues UK for Tower Hamlets, in addition to the main works contract to transform the former Royal London Hospital site in Whitechapel into the borough’s new Town Hall.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “As the fastest growing borough in London, it’s really important we build the council homes our residents so desperately want. We are finding imaginative solutions to provide this housing. Using the former garage spaces in Jubilee Street is a good example of doing this.“This is another step along the journey to delivering on my pledge for 2,000 council homes by 2022.”
James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development said: ”I was very pleased to visit the Stepney site today and see work getting underway building new council homes and an improved play area for families. We want to use every opportunity across London to build new council homes, and by making use of this former garage space for 100 per cent affordable housing, Tower Hamlets are showing what a difference we can make for Londoners.”
Chris Stevens, Bouygues UK’s residential Managing Director said: “We are very proud to be delivering this residential project for Tower Hamlets, providing much-needed accommodation for the local community. We have an excellent relationship with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, having built a number of schools in the area and with another two residential projects underway. We look forward to continuing this relationship with the creation of new homes in Jubilee Street.”
Three apprentices from Tower Hamlets are working with Bouygues UK on the project, gaining experience and insights into a live construction site to support their NVQ studies.