Southwark Council welcomes residents to new council homes at Aylesbury Estate

20 September 2023

Southwark Council and award-winning housebuilder, The Hill Group, held an event at the Aylesbury Estate to welcome residents to their new council homes on Monday 18 September 2023.

The council recently completed 229 new council homes, a new community centre, a landscaped central park and a playground on the major Walworth estate, constructed by The Hill Group. Made up of 187 flats, 27 houses, and 15 maisonettes, the new development includes 54 extra-care homes and seven homes designed to enable people with learning difficulties to enjoy independent living. A combined heat and power energy centre will help improve energy efficiency.

These homes are just one phase of the wider regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate which is being managed by Southwark Council. The total redevelopment will see 3,575 new homes and 7,800 sqm of employment, retail, healthcare and community spaces built over the coming years.

The overall masterplan aims to create new neighbourhoods which are integrated into the wider network of streets and spaces in Walworth. A new library on the estate was recently finished and will be opening to residents before Christmas. The library is named after Una Marson, who was the first Black female presenter on the BBC during World War II.

Cllr Helen Dennis, Southwark’s Cabinet Member for New Homes and Sustainable Development, said “It’s really exciting to see residents moving into these wonderful new council homes and to celebrate the start of a new chapter in the story of the Aylesbury Estate. I can see the difference these new homes are making to the lives of our residents and it’s fantastic to mark that here in the brand new community centre at the heart of this latest development”.

Oluwakemi Odutayo, a resident who moved into her new home on Aylesbury Estate in March, said “I’m really pleased with my new home. It’s spacious, it has a garden, my kids are enjoying it, and our lives have much improved since moving out of temporary accommodation”.

Andy Fancy, Managing Director at The Hill Group comments “I am delighted to celebrate this significant milestone with our joint venture partners at Southwark Council and residents of the Aylesbury Estate.  These high-quality sustainable homes will help transform people’s lives for many generations and we are looking forward to continuing this strong, collaborative partnership to support Southwark in their future plans to deliver sustainable housing across the borough.”

Southwark Council and Hill are also working together to deliver another phase of 352 new council homes on the estate, and these are expected to open their doors to residents in early 2024.

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