In 2005 William Sutton Homes (Now Clarion Housing Group), in conjunction with Countryside Properties Plc submitted a successful bid to partner with the London Borough of Newham on the first of nine redevelopment projects aimed at regenerating the Canning Town area. Avebury were commissioned by William Sutton Homes to act as partnership advisors and Employers Agent to assist WSH in the preparation of their bid to Newham Council and its subsequent negotiations.
As William Sutton’s consultants, Avebury played a leading role in lengthy and detailed negotiations with both Countryside and the Council to arrive at a complex tripartite development agreement which met the regeneration aspirations of the Council, the sustainability aspirations of all stakeholders and a commercial risk profile acceptable to WSH and Countryside.
The Regeneration Project secured Detailed Planning Consent in August 2008 for 650 new homes of which 227 were to be developed for WSH for rent and shared ownership sale and the remainder for open market sale, a combined heat and power (CHP) district heating ‘Energy Centre’ and the redevelopment of the Kier Hardy primary school replacing the existing school which was in a poor state of repairs and inadequate for local needs.
The project was unfortunately put on hold with the onset of the financial crisis in September 2008, and the start of works delayed by over 2 years, eventually starting on site in January 2011.
The scheme involving the replacement of dilapidated 1950s Council stock with a mix of 4, 6 and 10 storey blocks of flats and maisonettes, 3 storey town houses as well as a carbon neutral energy centre serving the new homes and the primary school, completed over 4 build phases beginning with the handover of the first dwellings in 2012, followed by the completion of the primary school in 2015 and the handover of the final phase of the 650 new homes, including the iconic 10 storey local landmark ‘East City Point’ in May 2018.
Following our input at the early stages in putting together the Partnership Project, Avebury acted as Employer’s Agent throughout the life of this scheme which, through effective collaborative working with Countryside, Newham Council and other stakeholders resulted in the delivery of award winning new homes (ahead of schedule and on budget) and rejuvenation of this corner of East London, to all parties satisfaction.