A conference of industry experts has heard from NPS Group how previously derelict garages sites in East London are making a valuable contribution to the capital’s housing crisis.
The Westminster briefing of estates regeneration professionals in America Square was told by Marina Robertson, Operations Director of NPS London, that ‘The Spaces in Between’ are being harnessed to great effect to provide valuable new housing.
Since 2016, working with the London Borough of Waltham Forest, NPS London has turned 14 derelict garage sites into 157 new social rent homes. With building land in short supply and 8,000 households on the local housing register, Marina said both NPS and its partner London Borough of Waltham Forest had to work imaginatively to bring schemes to life.
Challenges faced by NPS included the restricted, physical nature of the plots (such as contaminated soil and underground works) and the high construction costs associated with each plot of land.
Marina said: “London’s housing shortage needs imaginative solutions and working with our partners in Waltham Forest we have proved that sites which had previously been disregarded can be brought to life to benefit local people. It was a pleasure to share our story with housing professionals from across the capital.”