Building starts on homes designed by residents in Soho

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By poppy_smith | Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 18:24

The Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Philippa Roe, got work underway last week at the building of three family-sized, resident-designed homes, in the Church Street renewal area.

The Orchardson Street homes, which were designed by a team of seven residents from the estate, will initially be used to show the standard of Westminster's housing renewal programme for a period of six months, when completed in early 2014.

The homes will be built to the same specifications which were used for the athlete's village in London's Olympic park, and will be the same standard used across Westminster's housing renewal programme.

Cllr Philippa Roe, Leader of Westminster City Council, said:

"Housing is more than just about bricks and mortar, it is about people, and the building of these showhomes is a demonstration of our commitment to work closely with local residents on how they would like to see the regeneration of their local area take place.

"The finishes that will be used in this build will show the standard that will be used throughout our four housing renewal areas.

"I'd encourage residents in the renewal areas to take a closer look at the programme, which will create better homes; regenerate our estates, create new jobs and provide over 1,000 new affordable homes."

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