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‘Self-built’ community marks first year

by Marco Cillario Fri 21 October 2016, 11:07 am

Residents at a ‘self-built’ community in Walthamstow have celebrated their first anniversary since moving into new homes.

A garage at Headway Gardens was converted into 10 homes by housing association Circle Housing with the collaboration of the future tenants, who had been previously living in overcrowded accommodation and faced a 10-year wait on the housing waiting list.

Local builders Kind & Company completed the structural work, before the future residents spent a year working on the internal aspects of the homes.

The residents, most of whom had no building experience prior to the project, spent four months attending night classes at Waltham Forest College where they were taught a range of practical building skills such as painting and decorating.

Luke Chandler, principal development manager for Circle Housing, said the project demonstrated how determined residents can “build their own future and create a sustainable and thriving community”.

“Despite a lack of experience, the group has embraced the challenge that was set, developing new-found skills and confidence,” he added.

The scheme has been funded by Circle Housing, which owns the site, with an additional contribution from the Greater London Authority.

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