Knowle Green Estates has been nominated for Project of the Year at the Government Property Awards, in relation to the West Wing on Knowle Green.
Spelthorne Borough Council is the first local authority in the country to convert part of its active civic building into affordable housing and held an opening ceremony for the West Wing on Friday 3 December. The Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Ian Harvey, formally opened the building. Residents have moved into all 25 new homes in the West Wing.
All the apartments are now let on rents of up to 80% of the equivalent market rent through the Council’s Housing Options team. This ensures that those who need this accommodation most are prioritised. Residents were offered five-year tenancies to provide more stability than they would have in the private rented sector.
The West Wing has created approximately 17,800sqft of residential space providing a mix of studios, one, two and three bedroom flats over four floors. We have adapted one home to meet the specific housing requirements of a Spelthorne resident allowing the resident to continue living with his family. This family are extremely grateful and wrote a lovely letter to our housing team to thank us for giving their loved one a chance to progress.