Some of our Housing Projects
On this page we have listed some of the housing projects with which we have been involved.
Axcess MK, Central Milton Keynes
Axcess MK is a large mixed tenure scheme in the centre of Milton Keynes which is designed to help bring residential apartment use into the town centre.
The scheme involves over 400 apartments of which Genesis Housing Group has developed 30% for various types of intermediate housing under a Section 106 Agreement.
It also involves a very large supermarket and other retail, and all apartments are located on a podium which also forms the roof of the supermarket.
Fairview Road, Stevenage
Fairview Road is an innovative scheme close to Stevenage’s town centre. The site is bounded by the main London to Edinburgh east coast line.
A perimeter block, terminating in a ten-storey tower, was created to form a barrier to the railway, and heavily insulated to minimise noise.
All of the 143 shared ownership apartments on the site, which was developed by Genesis HG, were sold within a month to first time buyers
Highlands Village, Winchmore Hill, north London
Highlands Village is a very attractive development of over 20 separate villas in an attractive suburban part of north London.
The site was originally designed as a hospital, and was constructed as a number of independent ‘villas’ because it was thought at the time that physical separation and fresh air would reduce the risk of contagious diseases spreading.
Each of the villas has been converted into apartments, with some selective newbuilding and a small village centre with a small supermarket, a nursery, and other uses.
Overall the scheme has provided over 1,000 homes, with the development period in total taking more than 20 years. The affordable housing, for rent and shared ownership, was for Metropolitan Housing Partnership and Presentation HA (now part of the Notting Hill Housing Group).
Old School Court, Tottenham
Old School Court was previously known as High Cross School. The school had fallen into disuse and the buildings were becoming increasingly derelict despite the high quality of the original buildings. The site was transferred by Haringey Council to Metropolitan Housing Partnership at nominal cost and comprehensively rehabilitated for affordable home ownership.
The design of each flat deliberately retains the high ceiling of the original building and many of the flats have mezzanines. Similarly the ambience of the building, which has a cloistered feel, has been retained. The building forms an island in a frenetic but deprived surrounding environment.
Paddington Central is a massive comprehensive mixed use scheme fronting directly onto the Grand Union Canal about 100 metres from Paddington Station, but overlooked by the Westway elevated motorway.
The development is grouped around a stepped green performance space, with the housing in 2 blocks overlooking the canal over commercial accommodation, most of which is high quality restaurants.
The affordable housing is the result of a Section 106 agreement and was developed by Network HA and Notting Hill Housing Group.
Quayside House, Ladbroke Grove, north Kensington
This scheme provides over 100 apartments and 2 floors of extensive commercial accommodation on a site backing onto the Grand Union Canal close to its junction with the northern end of Ladbroke Grove.
The housing, which sits on a podium above the commercial accommodation, is entirely affordable and provides both rented and shared ownership homes. The site was previously used as the McKay trading estate and retention of a large quantity of commercial was a planning condition. The site was developed by Network HA.
St. Mary Graces Court, Tower Bridge
St. Mary Graces Court (named after a thirteenth century Cistercian monastery at one time on the site) was built on part of the site of the Royal Mint, opposite the Tower of London, before it relocated to Wales.
The affordable housing, which is all an innovative low cost home ownership scheme entirely bought by local people in Wapping, East London, was the result of a Section 106 Agreement for the construction of Royal Mint Court, a large commercial office scheme which is mostly let to Barclays Bank.
The scheme, which also involves a flourishing children’s nursery, has 100 flats and maisonettes forming a long terrace along Cartwright Street, with private space and parking in a protected area at the rear.
The site, which was developed by Metropolitan Home Ownership, was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in June 1989.
The Prince of Wales Hospital Site, Tottenham
The Prince of Wales hospital site was developed by a consortium of 7 housing associations over a three year period between 1989 and 1992.
The development involved the conversion of the old Victorian hospital into apartments, and the building of over 100 new homes at the rear of the site.
The development process involved the bankruptcies of the main contractor and the funding bank, and a one-year Housing Corporation moratorium, and it was only through considerable persistence that the scheme was finished at all.
The buildings, which include a listed Georgian building known as Mountfield House, front onto Tottenham Green, the centre of the original village of Tottenham.
Whitmore House, Hackney
Whitmore House is part of the large Canalside regeneration scheme being carried out by a partnership between Metropolitan Housing Partnership and Community Housing Association (now part of the One Housing Group).
The block, which was a 1930s GLC ‘walk-up’ block, was acquired from Hackney Council in a derelict state at nominal cost and converted into high specification flats for affordable home ownership, with the addition of lifts, a more secure external environment, etc.