London housing provider RHP Group has chosen Hill as a development partner for its landmark regeneration project in Ham, South-West London, following an extensive two-stage tender process.
The redevelopment of ‘Ham Close’ will involve the replacement of the outdated 1960s blocks of flats built on the estate with a range of high-quality new homes for existing residents, as well as many additional new homes of various tenures.
RHP Group has worked in close consultation with current residents of Ham Close, local stakeholders and the wider community over several years on the vision for the future of Ham Close. It will now work in partnership with Hill to develop plans for the site that put the local community, green spaces and sustainability at the heart of the project.
Tim Willocks, RHP’s Executive Director of Development, states: “This is a pivotal moment in this exciting project which we believe will deliver positive and sustainable improvements to the area.
“We were attracted to working with Hill due to their experience in successfully delivering complex regeneration projects and the quality of their homes. In addition, their submission to us showed real knowledge and respect for the architectural character of the area and their landscaping ideas reflect the green surroundings of Ham.
“We are looking forward to working with Hill to engage with the local community to seek their input into the detailed proposals for Ham Close.”
The next steps will involve a programme of detailed consultation and engagement on all aspects of the proposed scheme with Ham Close residents and the wider community before a planning application is submitted. Subject to achieving planning permission, the aim is for work to start on-site by the end of 2022.
Andy Hill, Chief Executive at Hill, said: “We are extremely proud to be chosen by RHP through the tender process as partner in the regeneration of Ham Close.
“Working in partnership is our strength and we look forward to developing detailed plans that will provide improved homes and surroundings for existing and future residents. We pride ourselves on creating places that bring greater social value for the community and incorporate the highest standards of sustainability.”
Ham Close is one of the major projects in Richmond Council’s Uplift programme. Owned by RHP, the 192 flats are currently home to around 300 people made up of both tenants and homeowners. However, the existing properties are no longer fit for purpose, of poor construction and many with damp issues.
Councillor Jim Millard, Spokesperson for Housing, Richmond Council, adds: “I am delighted that the project is taking this significant step forward and with such a well-respected development partner. We all want to see new and better homes for the current residents of Ham Close, and more affordable housing. I look forward to hearing our residents thoughts about the proposals for the redevelopment.”