Demolition paves way for next chapter of Walthamstow’s much anticipated regeneration scheme
The next phase of development is now underway at Feature17, Countryside’s Walthamstow regeneration scheme.
Demolition work undertaken on site has heralded the start of an ambitious building programme, which will see the delivery of 128 new homes as part of the second phase of the project, expected to complete in March 2020.
The new phase of the development will include a variety of houses and apartments across a mixture of tenures, as well as a play area and landscaped plaza.
The demolition milestone was celebrated by key local stakeholders, among which Stewart Murray, Strategic Director of Economic Growth at London Borough of Waltham Forest; Jennifer Daothong, Commercial Director Housing Delivery at London Borough of Waltham Forest; Andy Fancy, Managing Director, Partnerships South (North and South), Countryside and Iain McPherson, Chief Executive, Partnerships South, Countryside, in a symbolic ceremony held at the estate.
Upon completion, expected to take place in 2024, Feature17 will provide 436 new homes, with 38% affordable, among which 150 council homes for affordable rent. Since the beginning of the construction works on the scheme, Countryside has completed 80 homes, including both private and affordable units.
The first phase at Feature17, completed in November 2018, comprises spacious, high-specification one, two and three-bedroom apartments. All of these homes feature contemporary open-plan living areas and outdoor space in the form of either a private terrace or balcony. The light and airy apartments are located in an attractive seven-storey brick-faced building, seamlessly blending with its surroundings. As part of this phase, Countryside also constructed an Energy Centre and a commercial unit, which now houses a local Co-Op.
As part of the scheme, Countryside will create flexible retail space managed by the council around a new plaza with a play area, water feature and improved walkways and cycle routes, linking into Waltham Forest’s ‘Mini Holland’ scheme. The new community and commercial space seeks to reinvigorate the former estate and the wider area through thoughtful landscaping and an emphasis on community facilities, encouraging residents to spend more time outdoors.
Feature17 is on the doorstep of Walthamstow Village, popular with locals and those living in other areas of London thanks to the variety of independent shops and restaurants, as well as an emerging café culture. Conveniently located just a short distance from Wood Street station, an area renowned for its links to Walthamstow’s silent film history, Feature17 is a great option for those looking to settle down in the heart of a vibrant community with a rich cultural heritage.
Andy Fancy, Managing Director, Partnerships South (North and South), Countryside, said: “The successful completion of the demolition work is a significant milestone, which allows us to continue making progress on Feature17. In partnership with Waltham Forest Council, we are creating much more than just houses – the community amenities and retail spaces introduced as part of the scheme will redefine the area and help it thrive”.
Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “We are pleased that the works at the Marlowe Road estate are progressing as planned, creating attractive and practical new homes and facilities in place of tired buildings, making the area a desirable place to live for existing community and newcomers”.