Here are some of the current properties that we are working on at this current time
The West Wing
Situated within the grounds of Spelthorne Council’s offices, the West Wing provides a mixture of affordable accommodation ranging from studio to three-bedroom apartments. Spread over four floors, the building benefits from a traditional frontage with large windows and large modern living accommodation.
Designed with the end user as the primary focus, the development aims to create ‘fit for purpose’ spaces where residents can feel welcome, whilst feeling a sense of identity within their living space. The upper floors are accessible by lift, and every apartment will be let with an assigned parking space.
The north and west elevations overlook large open spaces, whilst the south overlooks new landscaped grounds and entrance, providing outdoor space for residents. All of the apartments will be 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 will be offered five-year tenancies to provide more stability that they would have in the private rented sector.
The White House
The White House Hostel on the Kingston Road in Ashford, opening on 11 October, will provide specialist accommodation for single homeless people with multiple or complex needs. Generally, these are residents who are not able to access mainstream accommodation options and who would otherwise be placed in ‘bed and breakfast’ accommodation without adequate support, or in the worst cases, sleeping rough.
The development comprises 27 en-suite rooms with shared kitchens, four self-contained studio flats, as well as outside space.
Social housing provider Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) have been appointed to manage the facility, providing a specialist support service with 24-hour on-site cover and a team who have extensive experience in working with residents to create settled futures.
Located on Fordbridge Road in Ashford, Harper House will provide emergency accommodation for up to 20 homeless families. It will offer a local temporary home which is safe, secure and provides the best opportunity for families to move-on to settled accommodation. Previously the Council, like most authorities, had to rely on bed and breakfast accommodation to house families in these situations.
The development, which will open on 3 January 2022, includes twenty self-contained apartments of various sizes, with two of the rooms accessible for wheelchairs. There is a garden to the rear, car parking, bicycle storage and an office from which an enhanced management and support service will be provided.
The site will be managed by social housing provider Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) and have dedicated on-site teams to support residents and work closely with the local community.
We are delighted to announce that 24 apartments at Benwell House have had occupants move in to their new homes.
On 24 May, the Mayor of Spelthorne cut the ribbon to formally declare the property open to residents.
Planning permission is currently being sought for phase two of the project which will comprise a further 39 units, of which 20 are planned to be let at affordable rents.
The scheme has been designed with sustainability in mind and includes electric vehicle charging points, LED lighting, whole house ventilation and efficient underfloor heating systems. Solar panels have also been installed which can generate 10% of the energy needed for the development.
This was occupied from March 2019. This has been transferred into KGE. These units are let at affordable rent and the rentals set by Council result in a loss-making position for the Company. However, the savings generated to the Council’s general fund far outweigh the losses incurred by KGE from the lower rent, so the Company has agreed to take on the property. This illustrates the importance of the Company having strong, independent representation at Board level to ensure that such decisions are always robustly debated before any transfer takes place.
Spelthorne Borough Council completed the development of three new two-bedroom homes in Sunbury in October 2018.
Built on the site of the former derelict Churchill Hall in Sunbury-on-Thames, the Council developed the properties to provide private rented accommodation for local residents. The homes are energy efficient and built to a high spec with car parking and gardens.
Income generated by Spelthorne’s commercial property investments has helped fund the project.
Cllr Mark Francis, Spelthorne’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is a very exciting initiative. I’m extremely pleased with what we’ve achieved and hope the tenants are very happy in their new homes. Spelthorne Council is committed to increasing the availability of good quality affordable housing in the Borough and look forward to delivering more schemes like this in the near future.”
One of the new tenants, Ms Katie Bagley, said: “We were really pleased when we had a look around our new home. We’ve been waiting for a very long time so it’s very exciting to be given this opportunity as it really is a lovely place.”
Benwell House has been designed to be sympathetic and respectful to the existing setting (the scheme is a part renovation of an office to residential use with additional floor levels) and residents will benefit from a generous level of natural light surround by a landscape dominated by mature trees. Situated within two acres of land, residents will be able to benefit from private parking, external landscaping and access to communal space with shared kitchen, concierge desk and flexi studio.
In keeping with its residential location, the scheme will provide new studio, one and two-bedroom accommodation. Each apartment benefits from underfloor heating and high-quality fitted kitchen appliances. Respecting the existing building, a hierarchy of materials have been used, harmonising the old with the new, reflecting the scale and proportion of the neighbouring developments whilst bringing the building into the modern era.