Long Harbour’s The Mall BTR sees the arrival of first homes

With the arrival of the first homes in October, Long Harbour and Tide Construction mark a landmark moment at The Mall in Walthamstow.

Long Harbour and Tide Construction celebrated the milestone of the first homes arriving at The Mall redevelopment in Walthamstow | BTR News
Long Harbour and Tide Construction celebrated the milestone of the first homes arriving at The Mall redevelopment in Walthamstow.

Investment, development and management firm Long Harbour, alongside primary contractor Tide Construction, recently celebrated the arrival of the first Build to Rent apartments at The Mall redevelopment. Members of Waltham Forest Council and a selection of local and trade journalists including BTR News took a tour of the first fitted-out volumetric homes after they were installed on site last month.

There was also an opportunity to hear from Long Harbour and Tide Construction, who discussed the redevelopment’s sustainability, building safety credentials and the project’s progress to date.

The Mall is being delivered using the contractor’s Vision volumetric system, which allows both Long Harbour and Tide Construction to fulfil the programme faster, safer and more sustainably. The development will become the first volumetric housing scheme in the London Borough of Waltham Forest once it is completed.

Volumetric construction has also proven to significantly reduce the carbon emissions associated with construction as it minimises materials used, vehicle movements, waste and energy – making it a more efficient process.

“The first volumetric homes arriving on site is a major milestone in the residential redevelopment at The Mall. After acquiring the site from Capital & Regional in July 2022, a lot of work has gone into getting the project to where it is now. While there’s still a long way to go, we’re excited that our own contribution to the vibrant and dynamic community that is Walthamstow is making steady progress. We remain committed to our ambition of working in lockstep with the local community and to deliver homes here at a time when they’re needed most.”

Rebecca Taylor, Managing Director (MD) (Multifamily), Long Harbour

Once completed, The Mall will deliver 495 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments – 99 of which will be affordable housing made available at Discount Market Rent (DMR), with all units tenure blind and delivered to the same high-quality specification. Long Harbour confirms, subject to agreement with the Local Authority, that local residents and key workers from across Waltham Forest will be given priority access to the DMR apartments.

Residents will benefit from 25,000 sq ft of amenity space, which will include gym facilities, a yoga room, co-working, private dining and lounge facilities. Other benefits include a redesigned town square with more trees and a new purpose-built children’s playground.

Located on Selborne Road and adjacent to the 17&Central shopping centre, the scheme is due for completion in the first half of 2025. Homes at The Mall will be available to reserve towards the end of 2024.

“We are proud to be working with Long Harbour and Walthamstow Forest Council to provide high-quality housing at The Mall using our accredited offsite volumetric technology. Our innovative approach allows us to deliver homes in this community efficiently and at speed by cutting the construction time by up to 50%. The construction of The Mall is making significant progress, with the first volumetric homes being installed on site. This is an important milestone which demonstrates our commitment to deliver sustainable homes for UK communities.” 

Christy Hayes, CEO, Tide Construction

The wider redevelopment is expected to bring £200m of investment to the town centre, create 350 permanent retail jobs, and enable the construction of step-free access to Walthamstow Central underground station.

Long Harbour is set to announce the first recipients of funding from a new Community Fund in the coming weeks. The Fund will be run by Groundwork and will be distributed amongst local community groups in the vicinity of Phase 1 of the redevelopment that aligns with Long Harbour and Waltham Forest Council’s priority areas of focus.

To date, Long Harbour and Tide Construction have already been supporting various initiatives in the community, contributing to renovation and repair work at the Rukhsana Khan Foundation, South Grove Primary School, and the charity CREST at the Harmony Hall community centre.