Pocket was delighted that Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham and Lewisham Housing Chief Cllr Damien Egan kicked off the construction of 26 affordable Pocket homes yesterday for local people in Lewisham.
Pocket’s latest development Western Road UB2 has launched!
We’re really excited about our new Pocket community, located right in the heart of vibrant Southall. Our building was designed by the well-known architectural practice JTP, and contains 36 compact one bedroom apartments, all available for sale to first time buyers at the discounted price of £165,000 – it’s a great way to get your foot on the housing ladder. Each home is a perfectly-formed 38m2 with kitchen-living room, double bedroom, shower room, and heaps of built-in storage. There’s a huge garden to the rear, perfect for practising your gardening skills and meeting the other residents, all of whom will be owner-occupiers too.
Pocket has just received consent from the planning committee to proceed to build a 24 storey tower of affordable homes in Wandsworth. This is big news! A tower in Wandsworth with 63 Pocket homes might not make us a giant in the world of property development but it does symbolise the fact that we’ve come of age. London desperately needs more starter homes for its city makers, and we’re working hard to help deliver as many as we can. Moving into the world of towers means we can deliver more affordable homes on a tight plot of land in a great location.
But what about the teapots?
Our first tower at Mapleton Crescent SW18 is designed by award-winning architects Metropolitan Workshop. Met Workshop are well known for their innovative work, and we briefed them to come up with a proposal for this scheme that contributed positively to the local area, and stood as a thing of beauty – while at the same time delivering affordable new homes for the way London’s city makers live today. Met Workshop are working with ceramiscist Loraine Rutt to develop a range of striking green tiles with which to clad the building.
Marcon Place E8 will be the next Pocket building to welcome residents – 28 city makers will be moving into their very first homes, just a stone’s throw from Hackney Downs station, within the next couple of months. We’re in the final throes of construction, and the Pocket team went to check on progress last week. This handsome brick building is looking really good, especially in the Spring sunshine! It was amazing to stand in the courtyard and imagine the activity this central communal outdoor space will be seeing over the years to come. The external stairwells have a striking red paint finish, with lovely tactile timber hand rails, and there’s specially-designed timber slatting to allow views into the courtyard. We’re introducing the residents to each other this week at a local wine bar, and now all we need is a move in date! The last few weeks of a construction project are always tight and slightly stressful as we try to achieve all the sign-offs and checks to confirm that the building is ready for occupation, and manage the expectations and excitement of the buyers. Not long to go now, Pocket people!