Work starts on new homes in central Walthamstow

Work has started this week on a scheme to provide 91 new homes in the heart of Walthamstow Town Centre, half of which will be affordable.

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The council’s plans for redeveloping Juniper House, in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, also include providing a 53-place pre-school nursery for local people with its own play-area at the back of the site, new flexible commercial space and a pocket park at the front along Hoe Street.

Juniper House previously housed the Council’s Children and Families Services, before they were relocated to Town Hall Campus as part of the Council’s redevelopment plans to bring the majority of council employees together into new, fit for purpose office space.

Juniper House is the first of the council’s older sites to close and will contribute to much needed housing, prioritised for local people.

Cllr Simon Miller, Waltham Forest Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Housing Development, said: “The building of 91 new homes at Juniper House is part of our wider vision to ensure we deliver much needed housing for our local people. We are committed to delivering 1,800 new homes a year over the next ten years.  

“Juniper House is in the middle of the town centre and not only are new homes prioritised for local people welcomed, but also the provision of a new nursery, something residents in the area have told us they want. 

“The new commercial units will provide employment opportunities for local people while the pocket park, green open space and new cycle routes reflect our commitment to reducing the impact of Climate Change whenever possible.”

Hill has been awarded the design and build contract for Juniper House. The council will keep ownership of the land when the development is completed ensuring long term benefits are maximised for local people. 

Paul Jordan, Regional Director at Hill, said: “We are delighted be partnering once again with Waltham Forest Council on the redevelopment of the Juniper House site in the centre of Walthamstow. We will be demolishing the existing building this autumn, ready for the construction of the new buildings to start in early 2020 and we look forward to welcoming the first residents the following year.”