Origin Housing and Hill have hosted a topping out ceremony at Harrow One, a 204 home development on the site of the former Cumberland Hotel.
Harrow One’s apartments are in two buildings, with the scheme designed, say the developers, with the wellbeing of its residents and the surrounding environment in mind. There will be around 400 cycle storage spaces to encourage environmentally friendly travel. The buildings will also include energy saving features such as photovoltaic panels on the roofs and a communal heating plant.
The £70 million scheme will also create commercial spaces and a public plaza in the heart of Harrow. The newly built Victoria Hall, a community hub annexing both buildings, will provide a space for residents to gather, learn and celebrate. 81 of the homes are affordable.
Calum Kidd, Deputy Regional Director at Hill, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating our second joint venture with Origin and Harrow Council. Harrow is a diverse borough, home to an array of strong educational facilities, including The Media, Art and Design Campus for the University of Westminster, as well as a wealth of shops, restaurants and bars situated in the historic streets of Harrow-on-the-Hill. With one fifth of the borough dedicated to green spaces and Harrow-on-the-Hill station just a six-minute walk away, we expect Harrow One to be sought-after by young professionals, first-time buyers, and downsizers alike.”
Carol Carter, Chief Executive at Origin Housing, said: “Effective partnership has been crucial to getting this development out of the ground and it is great to work with Hill again on our second Joint Venture together and to have the support of Harrow Council. The scheme will bring a great mix of homes as well as a new community hall and an attractive public piazza for central Harrow.”
Councillor Keith Ferry, Harrow Council, said: “I am delighted to have been invited to attend this important milestone in the development, on the site of the former Cumberland Hotel. This project provides much needed homes for Harrow.”
Hill and Origin’s first joint venture, in South Harrow, Echo One, included 69 private sale, 18 affordable rent and 29 shared ownership homes.