Work begins on new 141 home development in Ilford town centre

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:41 10 October 2016

Redbridge Mayor Gurdial Bhamra attended the official groundbreaking on Friday.

Redbridge Mayor Gurdial Bhamra attended the official groundbreaking on Friday.

Swan Housing

Work has officially begun on three new blocks of residential flats which will provide the borough with more than 100 new homes.

The Paragon is a new development in Ilford town centre that will provide 141 flats, 36 of which will be flats available for affordable renting; 10 per cent of the flats will also be wheelchair accessible.

Redbridge Mayor Cllr Gurdial Bhamra and council leader Cllr Jas Athwal were both on hand at the ground-breaking ceremony on Friday to mark the start of construction of three residential blocks, the highest of which will be 18 storeys.

Speaking at the event, Geoff Pearce, executive director of regeneration and development for Swan Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to break ground on this new development.

“Working in partnership with the London borough of Redbridge and the Greater London Authority, our regeneration of The Paragon, like our regeneration at Repton Court and Claire House, will provide much-needed high quality new homes for the borough, together with improved communal areas including play equipment for children.

“Paragon will also introduce a new commercial unit to complement the wider regeneration of the borough.”

Located within the Ilford housing zone, Paragon’s flats will be a mixture of open plan and separate kitchen spaces, and has seen Swan combine forces with the Greater London Authority, which is part funding the project, and Redbridge Council.

Cllr Farrah Hussain, cabinet member for housing, was also at the launch.

She said: “Providing affordable homes in the borough is an important priority for us and key to building a sustainable future for Redbridge.

“We are very pleased that through our partnership with Swan Housing Association we will deliver a range of affordable homes to meet local housing need.”

The development will also house a number of commercial units and is expected to be completed in autumn 2017.

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