The council-owned former garage site will be redeveloped with up to 44 pre-fabricated modular units which will eventually be used as homes for families in need of emergency housing. This project follows on from a previously agreed plan to use a site in Bordars Road, Hanwell, which will have up to 32 of these pre-fabricated units.
Councillor Jasbir Anand, the council’s cabinet member for housing, employment and skills, said: “Ealing, together with many other London boroughs, is facing a significant increase in demand for housing and accommodation.
“This project is one of many we are undertaking to help boost housing supply for the people who need it most. The modular homes will be used as an interim measure while more permanent places can be found for residents facing homelessness. This scheme will also reduce the council’s reliance on bed and breakfast rental, which can prove expensive.”
The proposal for the site in Enfield Road includes a laundry, landscaping, outdoor seating and amenities space, and a play area for children under 10. The individual units will each house between two and six people.
Following a tendering process in November 2014, joint bidders, Mears Ltd and Snoozebox, were awarded the contract to construct and supply the units at both sites.
Construction work on the sites is due to commence in June, 2015.