Empty site in Hampton Wick set to become care home and affordable housing development

Release Date: 17 July 2017

Work is about to begin on a brand new residential care home and new affordable housing development in Hampton Wick.

The site was formerly home to the Avenue Centre, a day centre for adults with a learning disability; it closed in 2007 and was subject to squatters and vandals. It was subsequently demolished.

Work has now commenced on the site and today, representatives from the Council, RHP, Bugler Developments and FitzRoy, came together to see the start of the foundations for the new development.

The site will see a new care home with ten beds. It will enable the Silver Birches care home, currently located in Marchmont Road in Richmond, to relocate to a new facility that will have full disability access.  To contribute to the funding of the works, the original Silver Birches site in Richmond will be developed for residential housing.

The remaining site will provide 15 affordable rented homes with a further three additional self-contained units providing independent living accommodation as well as a five bedroom shared house for supported living. In total 23 households will be provided with accommodation. 

One hundred  percent of the residential development at this site is for affordable housing. Independent living accommodation provides properties that are designed for people with specific needs, this can include those with disabilities. It enables people to live independently in their own homes whilst having access to support that they might need.

The 19 affordable homes, which will be owned and maintained by RHP, will consist of houses and flats. A number of the homes have been designed as wheelchair accessible. 

The site will also have on-site parking and landscaping. Completion of the care homes and affordable housing is scheduled for late 2018.

Cllr David Marlow, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, said:

“At last, something is being done about the Avenue Centre site. We know that relocating the care home is a sensitive issue, and we and FitzRoy have been working hard with the current residents of Silver Birches and their families to ensure that they understand the plans. We believe that this will be an opportunity for them all to have a much improved home, with better facilities and standard of living.

“The Avenue Centre site in Hampton Wick has been an unsightly, derelict site for some time. Space in the borough is limited, and we need to utilise every opportunity we have. Use of such sites for community benefit is what the Council wishes to promote and the provision of low cost rented homes for Richmond residents shows that the Council is committed to working in partnership with local housing associations to develop more affordable housing”.

Robin Oliver, Head of Development at RHP, added: 

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Council, Bugler Developments and FitzRoy to build a fantastic scheme which will provide both affordable housing and supported housing, both of which are much needed in borough.

“This scheme makes the most of the site which was previously owned by the Council. Our scheme will help meet housing need in the area and ensure that we have a mixed and inclusive community. The range of housing options we are providing will enable people to move as their care needs change and help people live independently. This is a scheme we should all proud be of.” 

Anna Galliford, Chief Executive of FitzRoy, added:

“It’s fantastic that this project is moving forward, and we are thrilled to be part of it. This new care home will mean that FitzRoy can continue to provide values led quality care to people with learning disabilities in Richmond, and support people to lead the life they chose. A big thank you to everyone who has worked hard to make this happen, and also to the people we support who are looking forward to moving into their new home.”

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Reference: P337/17

Updated: 31 July 2017