A knockout start in drive for new homes
Cllr Steve Curran, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, took the controls to get the demolition of Hogarth Court underway last week.
The demolition of the former sheltered housing scheme in Heston paves the way for construction of 40 modern supported housing flats on the site – the first of almost 170 new council homes to be started in Hounslow in the coming month.
The new homes form the tip of the iceberg for social housing in Hounslow, as Councillor Steve Curran, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, explains: “We are on course to deliver 3,000 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership in Hounslow by 2018, including 400 council homes. It’s one of the biggest social housing construction programmes in the country and is essential if we are to address overcrowding and housing need in Hounslow.”
The demolition was a poignant moment for Dennis Mousley who joined Cllr Curran on site to witness the spectacle. Just out of school, aged 15, Dennis helped to install the heating systems at Hogarth Court and went on to work as an apprentice in construction in the days when local authorities were free to build council homes more readily. Now 65 years old, Dennis has risen to be Senior Engineer for the Council, responsible for buildings maintenance. “On one hand it’s sad to see something you helped to build go,” he said, “but on the other it’s good to know that the elderly residents who will move back will be getting much more comfortable homes which are really up to modern standards - something they richly deserve.”
Steve Carden, Divisional Director United House, said: “We are delighted to be working with Hounslow to assist them in delivering much needed affordable homes across the borough. We look forward to working with the residents of Hogarth Court and the wider community to not only deliver high quality new homes but wider benefits to the local community”.
The demolition and replacement of Hogarth Court is contracted to United House and will take 18months to complete. In recent weeks Hounslow Council has signed contracts with United House for 6 sites with a combined value of £40million. These sites will provide 173 new affordable homes plus employment opportunities for local residents.