Deputy Prime Minister visits Soho development

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg selects Soho Thirteen and Trenchard House to promote local growth, employment and house building

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at Trenchard House

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, yesterday visited Soho Thirteen and Trenchard House: the Barratt London and United House development. The visit was part of a nationwide tour to promote local growth, employment and house building. The development was recommended to the Cabinet Office by the GLA for this visit, with the development cited as a great example of how vacant public land can be released to deliver more housing for Londoners, as well as giving a boost to the economy and to jobs in the construction industry.

Soho Thirteen and Trenchard House is made up of two complementary schemes. The former is for private sale and the later will be affordable housing let by Dolphin Living. On completion, Trenchard House will provide 65 one, two and three-bedroom Intermediate Rents apartments for the economically active in the Soho neighbourhood. Soho Thirteen will provide 13 private, open-market two and three-bedroom apartments. The development will also provide retail floor space on the ground floor and retail or restaurant use on the lower ground floor 

Gary Patrick, Barratt London’s Regional Sales Director, and Richard Scott, Balfour Beatty’s Senior Project Manager, were on site to greet the Deputy Prime Minister and guide him around the regeneration project highlighting the facilities and key features of the site.

Whilst on the tour, the Deputy Prime Minister assisted the construction team by laying a breeze block for one of the interior walls of the development.

Gary Patrick commented: “Barratt London is committed to building for the local market, ensuring that the demands and expectations of London buyers are fulfilled in all aspects of our developments in the capital. Nick Clegg’s visit to Soho Thirteen was a valuable endorsement of our latest scheme and we were delighted that the Deputy Prime Minister was able to play a symbolic role in the construction of the site. In addition, the visit provided an opportunity for us to showcase the importance of supporting Londoners as they ascend the property ladder, highlighting that prime central real estate is not the exclusive preserve of overseas investors.”

Trenchard House, formerly a police section house in Broadwick Street in Soho, had been vacant for almost 13 years after it was decommissioned and sold by the Met Police to the HCA. Under the Localism Act, the site’s ownership moved from the HCA to the GLA in 2012. In January 2013, the Mayor of London announced that Barratt London would be redeveloping the vacant public land site.