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Celebrations as new council homes site in Newington reaches building milestone

29 July 2021

Southwark councillors and Guildmore building contractors celebrated a topping out ceremony at 39-44 Rutley Close in Newington, Southwark, on Monday 26 July 2021.

Guildmore led Southwark’s Cabinet Member for Council Homes and Homelessness, Councillor Stephanie Cryan, and Newington ward Councillor James Coldwell, on a site visit and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion of the building works reaching the roof level. Topping out ceremonies are traditionally held when the last beam is placed on top of a structure during its construction.

The Rutley Close development replaces an old bungalow block and a disused car park podium to create 25 high-quality new council homes for Southwark residents, as well as a landscaped courtyard. The works are expected to complete in spring 2022.

Councillor Stephanie Cryan said, “I’m thrilled and proud to celebrate this important milestone for the Rutley Close development in Newington. The new building will have a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes to suit a range of needs and will provide a modern, high-quality development that will complement the surrounding area.

“With over 15,000 households on our housing waiting list, these new homes are desperately-needed and be will be a huge boost for the local community”.

Southwark Council is committed to one of the most ambitious council house building programmes in London, aiming to deliver 2,500 new council homes by May 2022. The council works closely with residents to shape the delivery of new council homes, from site identification through to consultation, design, planning, and delivery. 

Page last updated: 29 July 2021

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