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1 March 2003
30 new homes, which use a steel modular system, are presently being craned into position on the Aberfeldy Estate in Tower Hamlets.
The two-bedroom apartments for rent have been manufactured and fitted out by Yorkon, the off site construction specialist and are complete with bathrooms, kitchens, tiling, heating, electrics and balconies.
East Thames Housing Group is working with Yorkon and developer Countryside Properties, one of the UK's largest housebuilders, and architects, Stanford Eatwell & Associates.
"Our aim is to build quality affordable housing for the local community, with zero defects in line with the Rethinking Construction agenda", said Keith Carter, Group Director – Technical Services at East Thames Housing. "The use of off-site construction will mean higher quality, factory finished apartments and reduced development costs because of the significantly shorter build time."
He added, "Yorkon offers a proven building system, which was appropriate for the size and mix of this scheme. They also have a reputation for providing good, innovative solutions for affordable housing."
Due for completion in summer 2003, the development on the Aberfeldy Estate in Tower Hamlets will be up to six storeys high and built as two blocks either side of a central core for the lift and stair tower. Features will include contemporary steel cross bracing to emphasise the building's modular construction, exposed steelwork to the stairwell, low maintenance rainscreen cladding, and terracotta-coloured rendering to the ground floor. Each apartment will comprise two steel-framed modules and will benefit from a recessed entrance court, and a private balcony or garden.
The scheme is jointly funded by the Housing Corporation, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Leaside Single Regeneration Budget, the London Development Agency and East Thames Housing Group.
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Information correct as at 01/03/2003