Our approach to building

Southwark is a small, densely-populated borough, and there has been significant opposition to large-scale regeneration projects that deliver the greatest number of new homes.  To meet this challenge, we’re looking at new and innovative ways to build more council homes. As well as delivering traditionally tendered new build schemes, some of the ways we’re building include:

  • creating new homes on existing estates, such as on top of existing blocks, as part of other developers’ schemes, and by converting garages and disused areas
  • delivering new homes as part of major refurbishment works, which can offer better value
  • buying homes developed by others
  • buying land where there is potential to deliver new council homes

One way we’re looking at building new council homes is by building on top of our existing council blocks. This offers potentially a less disruptive, more energy-efficient way to deliver much-needed larger homes for overcrowded families, new homes for existing households, additional investment in existing blocks, and enhanced shared spaces for all residents.

We work with our residents to shape the way we deliver new council homes, from site identification through to consultation, design, planning, and delivery. Our residents help us design the look and feel of new homes and amenities that help make their communities stronger, safer, and more rewarding places to live.

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Page last updated: 09 January 2020

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