There is a major shortage of affordable housing in Lewisham and Bromley, across London and other parts of the country.
We're committed to help tackle this problem by building new homes. In 2018 we received £60million investment from the Pension Insurance Corporation which enables us to roll out a significant development programme over the coming years.
You can find out more about our completed, current and planned developments below.
We’ve built eight new homes for shared ownership on Riverpark Gardens in Ravensbourne, Bromley, BR2.
The new homes are a mix of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments situated close to Ravensbourne train station, overlooking the Ravensbourne River and parkland.
Rresidents benefit from large private balconies and a landscaped communal garden ideally situated to enjoy the local amenities whilst being within walking distance of Bromley High Street and Ravensbourne station.
Nuthatch House is a development of 22 new homes on land adjacent to our existing properties at Forster House on Whitefoot Lane. As part of the works, two additional homes will also be available in Forster House. The new homes, which will include two that are entirely wheelchair-accessible were completed in early 2021.
Residents voted to name the new homes after the Nuthatch bird which can be found in nearby Forster Memorial Park.
In addition to the new homes, we have worked with existing residents on plans to improve the general environment for the entire Forster House site, including new planting, surfaces and walkways.
Hazelhurst Court was our first residential development. With funding from the Mayor of London and Lewisham Council, we built 60 one and two-bed extra care homes next to existing properties for older people at Hazelhurst Court.
The new homes are designed to allow older people to live independently in secure and comfortable accommodation, within their communities and established networks of friends, family and neighbours. The first residents moved into their homes in November 2017. Care is provided by Notting Hill Genesis.
The scheme also incorporates communal areas, including a kitchen and dining area, garden room and lounge area and a shared courtyard.
Hazelhurst Court won awards at the Housing Design Awards 2018, RIBA London Awards 2018 and Inside Housing Development Awards 2018 and has been shortlisted in the 2020 Civic Trust Awards and for the Selwyn Goldsmiths Awards for Universal Design.
This new four-house development has been built on a grassed area on Woodbank Road, between Bideford Road and Ilfracombe Road. A previous terrace of four homes on the site was demolished in the 1980s.
The first residents began moving into the two and three-bedroom homes in December 2019.
Beckenham Hill Road
In September 2021, we completed the extension and modernisation of 26 Beckenham Hill Road, converting it from a family house to three new 2 and 3 bedroom flats for affordable rent.
Velo House (9-19 Rushey Green, Catford)
We’re building 45 new one, two and three-bedroom flats in the heart of Catford. All of the new homes will be available for affordable rent.
Built on the old Job Centre site on Rushey Green, the building’s name is a nod to the history of the local area and the old ‘Catford Velodrome’ which stood close to Mountsfield Park from 1895 to 1900.
Demolition works began in early 2020 and construction began in August 2020. Our contractor for the project is Elemento.
17-32 Melfield Gardens
We are looking forward to building some of the most sustainable new homes ever created in Lewisham after securing planning approval for the borough’s first new ‘Passivhaus’ housing scheme.
The new development, approved by Lewisham Council in March 2021, is an intergenerational scheme offering 30 much-needed affordable homes for people over 55 alongside two four-bedroom flats for postgraduate students.
The new homes will be built to ‘Passivhaus’ standards – an international methodology for designing and constructing the type of buildings needed to address issues including climate change and fuel poverty.
We are developing 24 new affordable homes on land next to the railway line behind numbers 56 - 60 Farmstead Road.
The scheme, designed by Metropolitan Workshop, was approved by Lewisham Planning Committee in June 2022.
Prior to submitting the planning application we consulted with the residents of 60 neighbouring properties, providing detailed information about the proposals. The feedback we received has been used to improve the proposals and address the points raised by residents and the local planning authority.
The homes will be built to Passivhaus Low Energy Building Standard, meaning residents will benefit from a comfortable living environment and lower energy bills.
Our contractor for the project is Buxton Building Contractors Ltd. Read the latest update from Buxton.
We are reviewing a number of existing developments where there may be potential to create more homes.
We are proud to have secured planning approval for provide 25 much needed homes for social rent and 11 shared ownership homes on the site of disused allotments and garages near Arcus Road and Chingley Close.
We have appointed architects Mikhail Riches for the 'Passivhaus' scheme- winners of the Stirling Prize in 2019 for their development at Goldsmith Street in Norwich.
Passivhaus homes have very high levels of insulation which means residents will notice benefits such as low energy bills and comfortable living environments all year round.
We held extensive consultation with residents during 2020 and 2021 to help shape the plans.
Besides the new homes, the development will also include the construction of two new streets, a shared public play area and the planting of trees and hedgerows.
Ravensbourne Community Centre
In March 2022, we consulted residents on the revised design proposals for new homes on the Ravensbourne estate, which includes the demolition of the community centre and a block of garages. The scheme will provide 20 new homes for affordable rent, a new community space and improvements to the landscaping and play facilities around the estate
Working with Mae Architects, we will be submitting a full planning application for the scheme to Lewisham Council in early May 2022 and we aim to start on site with the development in March 2023.
We are working with Planet Landscape Architects to develop more detailed designs based on what residents have told us and we will be sending out details for residents to comment on in May 2022, holding a further consultation event in the summer.
Catford Police Station
We are pleased to share the news that Phoenix has purchased the Catford Police Station site.
Catford Police Station closed at the end of 2017 and has been disused since. Our early plans include proposals to provide up to 65 much-needed affordable homes for local residents which will play a role in easing pressures on the Lewisham waiting list.
We will use our “Building Together” approach, where Phoenix residents and the views of the community will be at the forefront of our proposals.