The London Legacy Development Corporation has appointed Taylor Wimpey and London & Quadrant to build the first of five new neighbourhoods on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
LLDC say Chobham Manor will see a return to London’s traditional family neighbourhoods of terraced and mews houses, set within tree-lined avenues, all supported by a new health centre, nurseries and community spaces.
Sitting between the Athletes’ Village and the Lee Valley VeloPark Chobham Manor will aim to address the local need for larger homes, with more than 75% of the 870 homes offering 3-bed or more family housing. It will reuse infrastructure built for London 2012 Games such as the heating and telecoms networks, and fibre optic broadband.
The appointment is the second major housing milestone in as many months for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Last month the Legacy Corporation also secured outline planning approval to build 6,800 homes across five new neighbourhoods including Chobham Manor. They will be developed over the next 20 years.
Construction work on Chobham Manor can now begin in October once the Legacy Corporation takes operational control of the Park. It aims to have first homes ready by the end of 2014.
Daniel Moylan, Chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “Chobham Manor will set the tone for the high quality neighbourhoods we want to create across the Park with new schools, health centres and community spaces to support them.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “The development of Chobham Manor is major milestone and will help ensure a thriving community on the Park becomes a reality sooner rather than later.”
Chobham Manor will sit adjacent to the Athletes’ Village which will be converted into 2,800 flats after the 2012 Games.
Twenty eight percent of the homes will be affordable housing with local people targeted through local authorities and housing associations. A Community Land Trust could be part of the affordable housing offer giving a non-profit community-based organisation the opportunity to provide permanently affordable homes for long-term community benefit.
Families in the new homes and surrounding communities will be supported by a walk-in health centre, two nurseries, two multi-purpose community spaces, neighbourhood shops and the nearby Chobham Academy School.
In total, the Legacy Corporation is aiming for 35 per cent affordable housing across the Park – in line with the Mayor’s London Plan.