Affordable council homes
Elkins is building 15 new council homes in Plumstead for Royal Borough of Greenwich. The development comprises one five-story residential block with 13 apartments – eight one-bedroom, four three-bedroom, and one wheelchair-accessible three-bedroom – as well as two semi-detached two-bedroom houses.
The new properties will be available for affordable rent to local people as part of the council’s Greenwich Builds scheme, which aims to build more affordable homes in the borough.
The properties are designed to meet net zero carbon emissions standards. The construction uses a sustainable modern method (MMC), with modules manufactured in a factory and assembled on site to create the finished buildings. This lowers the energy consumption and waste compared to traditional construction.
The units will also employ a number of energy-saving technologies, including solar panels, triple glazing and air-source heat pumps. These have the added benefit of also making the homes more affordable to run for the residents.
Exteriors and parking
The building exteriors are designed to reflect the existing geometry and character of the surrounding area and other nearby apartment blocks. Landscaping on the site will create secure shared outdoor spaces, including play areas. Existing trees are set to be retained, with additional trees set to be planted and new public seating installed.
The additional parking demand will be accommodated by 11 new parking spaces, including one blue badge parking bay for the wheelchair accessible property. In addition, 26 new cycle spaces will be provided – 23 long stay for residents and two short stay for visitors.
Progress on the project is going well and it is on schedule to be completed in early 2024. Delivery of the modules on site in June was a smooth process, with all the modules delivered and installed in just eight days – one day ahead of schedule.