Build to Rent operator Get Living has reached practical completion of 48 new affordable homes – a mix of two- to three-bedrooms each with a balcony – at its East Village neighbourhood in Stratford, East London. Cast Consultancy was appointed as the Project Manager.
The high quality homes have built-in storage and open-plan kitchen living spaces – and are available to residents of Newham at social rent, managed by Notting Hill Genesis, one of the largest housing associations in London and the South East.
“Providing high-quality affordable housing to those who need it is at the heart of what we do, so we’re delighted to be taking on these 48 homes in such a popular location.
“What is particularly exciting at East Village is the focus on family-sized homes, which are so desperately needed in the capital. We are looking forward to welcoming our new residents and helping them make the most of this vibrant, thriving community.”Katie Bond, Chief Operating Officer, Notting Hill Genesis
Designed by award winning architects Bell Phillips and MSMR, the new seven-storey building that houses the homes includes a residential lobby, cycle store, 3,000 sq ft of community space and a retail unit on the ground floor. The community space has capacity to accommodate a hall, reception, meeting rooms and storage, making it an adaptable space for local community groups to use.
The new building is energy efficient and fully compliant with the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Homes are fitted with smart metres to manage energy use and also feature mechanical ventilation heat recovery, which makes them easier to heat.
Residents also have the option of benefitting from high-quality refurbished furniture, a selection of which has been donated to Get Living by David Philips, a sustainable furnishing provider to the Build to Rent sector. Residents can select from a limited range of furniture including sofas, bedside tables, dining tables and chests of drawers, with delivery and assembly within two weeks.
“We are extremely proud and excited to work with both Notting Hill Genesis and Get Living on this project. Our collaboration embodies our shared values of social responsibility and sustainability, and it reinforces our commitment to providing quality furnishings while reducing our environmental impact.
“By upcycling and repurposing furniture through our Release programme, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of Notting Hill Genesis’ tenants and contribute positively to the communities we serve. We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with Get Living and continuing to inspire change within the industry.”Sam Wilsher, Group Head of Rental and Release at David Phillips
Residents have access to a new play area and open space adjacent to the building. They will also benefit from Get Living’s wider offering at East Village and the surrounding Olympic Park. The neighbourhood offers 25 acres of public realm and has the biodiverse wetlands on its doorstep. Local independent retailers, restaurants and cafes feature throughout East Village, and a programme of community events takes place at the Lab E20, with this year’s programme exploring themes of sustainability in the home.
“Providing affordable homes for local residents is an incredibly important part of what we do. In Newham, these new homes will contribute to a thriving and diverse community with the support of the LLDC, which has shared our aspirations in design and quality for this scheme.
“The homes at East Village have been designed to cater to the local need and add to the existing supply of homes available for social rent. New residents will benefit from all that East Village has to offer, including extensive public realm and local shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as the programme of community events. We look forward to the new residents becoming part of the East Village community.”Ailish Christ-West, Chief Operating Officer, Get Living