C&C secures approval for £150m Dora House redevelopment
July 12, 2017 – Central & Cecil Housing Trust (C&C) has secured an approval from Westminster City Council to redevelop Dora House in St John’s Wood, London.
Estimated to cost £150m, the development will offer 156 homes for senior people. The scope of the work will include the demolition of the existing Dora House and construction of a new residence on the Lodge Road side of the site.
The new building will provide adaptable apartments that provide specialist services for residents and offer a range of communal facilities.
Located opposite Lords Cricket Ground, Dora House was built in the 1960s to provide affordable housing. The existing building includes bedsit accommodation and a number of one bedroom flats; however the most of them are not wheelchair accessible.
“The building is unsuitable for providing additional care services that enable its older community to stay in their homes in later life.” Montagu Evans said in a statement.
Montagu Evans in collaboration with Ryder Architecture and MAKE has provided strategic, development and planning advice to C&C on the proposals.
Furthermore, Montagu Evans also advised on the disposal of part of the site, which will be used to build 44 private apartments – the revenue from this will fund the construction of the new Dora House, ensuring nil cost to Westminster Council.
C&C head of development Daniela Adamo said: “This project provides a great example of our special approach in the redevelopment of our housing stock. Dora House is a 1960s sheltered housing scheme that is no longer fit for purpose in terms of accessibility and modern space standards.
“This redevelopment project has given C&C the opportunity to implement its own innovative and specialist approach to designing older people’s accommodation that provides a home for life.
“We have developed this unique design concept through close ongoing consultation with our residents. Through this approach we started to appreciate the diversity of our communities, challenging our experience of design and providing an opportunity to innovate.”