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The development is transforming a disused industrial site into 136 new homes, of which 111 will be offered as shared ownership and the remainder available as affordable rent.
We acquired the site in 2015 and entered into a £30m partnership construction contract with Clarion in June 2017. This is the first scheme within a broader partnership agreement between the two groups. Our land assembly and acquisition skills, and the groups’ combined planning expertise, is ensuring the scheme meets local needs and the borough’s aspirations, and that it is commercially viable. The partnership has been open and effective from the outset and the project is ahead of schedule, with an estimated completion date of spring 2020, having been scheduled for September 2020.
As a previous light-industrial site occupied by multiple businesses, the development faced numerous complex challenges in dealing with the remediation of the land, including the removal of asbestos, rubbish and disused cars. Eighteen tenants were on an ‘excluded lease’ which took one-on-one discussions to resolve. As experts in brownfield site regeneration, we have been able to resolve these challenges efficiently and cost-effectively.
In its April 2019 Risk Engineering Construction Insurance Survey Report, Zurich rated risk management on site as ‘excellent’ stating the risk approach on site was the 'best in class management control of all present hazards'. The site was subsequently rated 44/50 in the June Considerate Constructors report.
We make exceptional efforts to ensure we keep those affected by the works informed, and show courtesy to all in what is an extremely congested location. We support initial client consultation meetings with contractor newsletters, there is no weekend work and we have created a specified route for deliveries. We have secured a predominantly local subcontractor workforce and the site has recruited local labour, exceeding local authority targets by nearly double.
Richard Cook, Group Director of Development for Clarion Housing Group commented:
“Inland Homes shares Clarion’s commitment to placemaking and delivering quality, well-designed homes for our residents. During our Abbey Wharf project, Inland has continually demonstrated its ability to successfully navigate a way through the often complex development process. Working closely together we have been able to successfully resolve challenges as they have arisen, to ensure that the project stays firmly on track.”
We have since completed our second partnership deal with Clarion Housing Group, in the borough of Barking and Dagenham, and additional sites are in the pipeline.