52 homes have been completed to date in Block 1, a mixture of rented and private sale properties. A big welcome to all of the new residents living on Bonchurch Road!
Our next moves into Block 1 will be in September. This is later than anticipated due to a delay in getting the permanent power supply connected. You may have noticed some roadworks outside George’s Fish Bar to fix a mains water leak which understandably needs to be addressed before major electrical works can take place in the local area! We’re sorry that this has caused delays, but we will get people into their new homes as quickly as possible. In the meantime, residents in Block 1 will continue to benefit from free electricity!
We are currently exploring an option which will enable us to deliver the new homes in Block 2 (facing onto Portobello Road) more quickly. Catalyst staff have visited households in Lionel and Telford House to discuss the plans with them. It would involve earlier demolition of Lionel House and partial demolition of Telford House. If the plans go ahead, some households will be required to make a temporary move and other residents can choose to stay in their existing homes during the partial demolition or be re-housed temporarily. We will be developing a range of options and a tailored support package for each household. We will keep you informed about our plans over the coming months.
The demolition of Faraday House is well underway and foundation work has already started for Block 3 (which you can see in between the Venture Centre and Block 1).