Hidden Homes hits 250

abbott houseWandsworth’s Hidden Homes initiative unveiled the 250th affordable home built by the council since the scheme began – built on the roof of an existing block.

Six new homes have been built in Nightingale Lane and will be offered at low cost rent to people on the council’s housing waiting lists.

Five of the new homes have been provided in a rooftop extension at Abbott House (pictured), a council-owned block of flats on the corner of Nightingale Lane and Hendrick Avenue and have their own balconies offering striking views over Wandsworth Common. The sixth has been built on the ground floor in space that was previously used for storage.

The rooftop extension is clad in aluminium and timber and has replaced the block’s defunct water tank and other unused roof structures. All the properties in the block have benefited from a range of improvements including new windows.

These six new Hidden Homes bring the total number built by the council to exactly 250.

Since it was launched in November 2002, the Hidden Homes scheme has transformed vacant and disused spaces on housing estates like laundry rooms, storage areas and defunct boiler rooms into modern and attractive dwellings.

It has successfully brought back into use redundant spaces on housing estates that are either eyesores or could otherwise become havens for anti-social behaviour.

Wandsworth’s cabinet member for housing Cllr Paul Ellis said: “The Hidden Homes scheme has played an important role in increasing our supply of affordable housing over the past decade.

“As well as proving incredibly cost effective, it has also helped create jobs in the construction sector and been the key to regenerating redundant land on housing estates.”

The council is already starting on its next wave of developments with 57 new low cost rental homes being built across three council owned sites in Nine Elms. These properties will be used to help existing tenants downsize from large flats they no longer need freeing these up for families living in overcrowded conditions.

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