Work has begun on the regeneration of the Dollis Valley estate in Chipping Barnet.
Countryside, L&Q and Barnet Council held a ground breaking event this week to mark the start of phase one.
The regeneration, planned over five phases and due to for completion in 2020, will involve the demolition of the existing estate, to be replaced with 631 new affordable, private and rented houses and apartments. The development will also have new parks, green spaces and community facilities.
Commenting on the start of work, Richard Cherry, Deputy Chairman of Countryside said: “The regeneration of Dollis Valley will deliver a new sustainable neighbourhood with excellent homes and facilities for the benefit of the local community. We are delighted that work has started and expect phase one to be completed by autumn 2015.”
Jerome Geoghegan, Group Director of Development and Sales for L&Q said: “Delivering this modern, sustainable version of a London garden suburb for Dollis Valley will bring new facilities to benefit the whole neighbourhood as well as much-needed high-quality homes for people on a range of incomes.”
Councillor Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council, said: “This regeneration has been a long time coming and the whole community will reap the benefits from it in the years ahead.”
Phase one will deliver 108 new homes, 44% of which will be affordable or intermediate homes.
The scheme design by Alison Brooks Architects and landscaped by HTA aims to be “a modern and sustainable interpretation on a traditional London Garden Suburb”. Designed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, the regeneration includes a variety of measures to help reduce carbon emissions, such as rainwater harvesting, increasing local biodiversity and support for community recycling.