Leading social housing contractor and developer United House has secured a £29 million contract to build a new community library, primary care medical centre and 136 homes in Clapham High Street as part of the Clapham One regeneration scheme, as joint developers with Cathedral Group.
The £80 million landmark PPP (Public Private Partnership) Project for the London Borough of Lambeth encompasses two sites in Clapham. The library, medical centre and 136 private apartments will be situated on the site of Mary Seacole House, a former social services office on Clapham High Street. The nearby Clapham Manor Street site will be home to a new leisure centre and 63 homes, 44 of which will be social.
United House began demolition on the site of Mary Seacole House in January 2010 and is due to start construction of this part of the project in May 2010. The first private apartment completions are due for spring 2011, the new library and medical centre are set to open in summer 2011 and the entire development is due for completion by the end of 2011.
The 12-storey new Clapham One building has been designed by renowned architects Studio Egret West. The new library features a bold spiral design incorporating a three-story atrium. The development will also include a basement car park, an internet zone, customer care centre, community rooms, a café and a performing space – creating a new hub for the local community.
Colin Dixon, Managing Director of United House Limited said: “Clapham One is a landmark regeneration project and part of the wider revitalisation in Lambeth. As constructor, joint developer and investor in the project, we look forward to delivering high quality new public facilities that will enhance the Clapham High Street area, in partnership with Cathedral Group.”
Councillor Lib Peck, Lambeth Council cabinet member for housing and regeneration said: “I am delighted that Lambeth Council is working in partnership with Clapham One and United House to deliver these exciting new facilities for local people. This project will form the cornerstone of future regeneration opportunities for the Clapham area.”