Families have started to move into 152 brand new, high-quality homes on the South Kilburn estate as building work on Unity Place, formerly Gloucester House and Durham Court, is completed.
Unity Place is part of the award-winning South Kilburn regeneration programme, aiming to transform the area into a sustainable and mixed neighbourhood and create a real sense of place and belonging.
The programme will deliver 2,400 new homes overall, with around 1,400 for existing South Kilburn residents, including people living in temporary accommodation.
With 410 families set to move into new homes across Brent before the end of 2021, the council is well on track to exceed its target of building 1,000 new council homes by 2024.
Cllr Southwood, Brent’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform said, “We’re incredibly proud of these new homes at Unity Place, especially because a lot of the families moving in have been waiting for many years for a home that’s the right size for them.
“The South Kilburn scheme is a vital part of how we are responding to the chronic housing shortage in London and working towards a fairer and more equal Brent.”
Mr and Mrs Ferraro and their family are one of the first to have moved in. They were previously sharing a room with their two young children. They said, “It means a lot because the other flat was a bit smaller than this one. We have our own space and the kids have their own space. They can invite their friends over and there’s more privacy for them and for us.”
Cllr Tatler, Brent’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning said, “Not only will these families be able to move into a brand new, safe and secure home for them and their children – they will also be able to enjoy everything else the South Kilburn regeneration scheme has to offer.
“A new community facility, new and improved open space and extra health and retail facilities are just a few of the exciting benefits this scheme will bring.”
Many more developments like South Kilburn will be made possible as the Mayor of London has recently allocated over £111m to support the building of over 700 new genuinely affordable homes in the borough by 2028. Find out more.