Swan Housing Group, in partnership with London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) today celebrated the formal launch of Phase 1A of the £300 million Blackwall Reach regeneration project. The new homes in Camellia House and Blashill Court in Blackwall, East London, have now been handed over to residents, many of whom were previously living on the adjoining Robin Hood Gardens Estate.

Phase 1A of the Blackwall Reach regeneration project has delivered 98 properties; 79 have been let to social housing residents, a further 8 homes have been made available to people living and working in Tower Hamlets and the remainder to leaseholders from Robin Hood Gardens to enable them to remain in the local area . The development has been built on land held jointly by the Mayor of London and London Borough Tower Hamlets.

These 98 new homes, together with Swan’s Regional Housing office and new multi- purpose Community Facilities belong to the first part of a four phase regeneration project that will replace the existing 252 Robin Hood Gardens properties, currently owned by London Borough of Tower Hamlets, with over 1,500 homes over the next ten years. Half of the homes delivered will be affordable homes. In addition to delivering much needed housing, the project will provide new community facilities; a replacement mosque; commercial units and an improved central park while creating training and employment opportunities for residents living in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Sandra Fawcett, Executive Director of Operations from Swan Housing Group said:

“We’re delighted to have handed over 98 new homes from Phase 1A of the Blackwall Reach regeneration project to residents. Work on Phase 1B, which will deliver 242 new homes and retail units has already begun. Swan is proud to be working closely with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Greater London Authority to deliver high quality housing in Tower Hamlets.”

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

“Blackwall Reach is a successful and ambitious regeneration scheme to deliver more than 1,500 top quality and much needed families homes.
“The success of phase one is a testament to the positive working partnerships behind the project, and the way in which residents have actively engaged with the plans from the outset.
“It is particular important that we address the chronic shortage of really affordable housing, and local people have improved opportunities to live in the areas they grew up in.

Councillor Sirajul Islam, Deputy Mayor of Tower Hamlets and Cabinet Member for Housing said:

Blackwall Reach is an excellent example of how we can build on the long-standing community spirit, and create a development which both existing and new residents and families can be proud to call home.
“Our new homes are attractive and practical, and built with the needs of residents at the centre. The completed homes are a great symbol of what has already been achieved, and a positive pointer to the many new homes and community benefits to come.

Councillor Rachel Blake, Tower Hamlets Cabinet Member for Strategic Development said:

“The new Blackwall Reach development is a key scheme for Tower Hamlets delivering improved housing, alongside new and improved community and educational facilities. The transformation of the area is already impressive and I look forward to seeing how the next stages are making this part of our borough such a great place to live.”

Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Land, from Greater London Authority said:

“This high quality regeneration of Blackwall Reach will deliver 1,575 new homes, excellent community facilities and an extended school. The first phase we are opening today provides new high-quality, affordable and local housing, without the need for a housing grant – an impressive achievement. Overall, Blackwall Reach will create nearly six times the number of homes on the existing estate, with many low cost properties to rent or buy, and a much improved built environment. This is one of many sites where the Mayor has released land to ensure much needed new housing can be delivered and is part of his wider work to double house building in the capital.”