United Living start main building work at Lisson Arches
United Living were joined by representatives from Westminster City Council and the council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for Finance, Property and Regeneration, Melvyn Caplan, to mark the start of construction at Lisson Arches, London, which is part of the wider Church Street regeneration programme.
Attendees had a tour of the site, which over the next 18 months will deliver 59 new homes and local enterprise space, to see how things were progressing as United Living start work on the next stage of construction, taking over from previous contractors FM Conway.
The team at FM Conway who carried out enabling works navigated some difficult challenges on site by building innovative concrete structures several metres below the ground to protect major underground utilities essential to the capital.
The new homes at Lisson Arches include assisted-living homes for local residents. These will provide better quality housing to residents of neighbouring Penn House, without requiring them to move out of the area.
Gordon O’Regan, Managing Director at United Living New Homes, said: “We are proud to be supporting Westminster City Council’s Church Street Regeneration programme though our work at Lisson Arches. This development will create much needed new affordable homes, along with new affordable business and enterprise space which supports the council’s wider goals of driving transformational change and supporting the community in the Church Street area. These objectives complement our core company values, and we look forward to working in close partnership with Westminster City Council in delivering this project.”
Cllr Melvyn Caplan said: “The new assisted living homes at Lisson Arches will significantly improve living environments for existing residents of Penn House, providing modern well-equipped new homes for older people in the area as well as much-needed new enterprise space for small businesses and start-ups. It is great to see what the FM Conway team have achieved to progress this much-anticipated scheme, and the work underway by United Living to get the buildings out of the ground.
“With building work moving forward we are one step closer to delivering 1,850 new affordable homes in Westminster by 2023 and making this a City for All.”