The Mayor of London celebrates the start of construction at Catford Green after 10 years of neglect
Boris Johnson was keen to get his hands dirty during a visit to Barratt London’s Catford Green development in Lewisham yesterday. The Mayor of London came to launch construction of 588 new homes on the former Catford Greyhound Stadium site in Lewisham, which had lain empty for 10 years before coming under the Mayor’s control. Forming a major part of the Mayor of London’s multi-million pound ‘London Plan’ regeneration project, Catford is entering into an exciting period of large-scale renovation.
Barratt London's Regional Managing Director, Alastair Baird, was on site to greet the Mayor and guide him around the regeneration project. They explained the plans for the site, giving a breakdown of units, phases and facilities. While on site, Boris helped the construction team smooth over some of the pre-laid concrete before laying three breeze blocks.
Alastair Baird said, "We are delighted to welcome the Mayor to Catford Green to witness the start of construction work on site. Barratt London is incredibly proud to be delivering this exciting new development for Catford, which will provide much-needed homes for this part of London."
The redevelopment of the Catford Stadium site will create more than a thousand jobs and provide 588 new homes to the area. When finished, this will include 173 affordable shared ownership and affordable rent homes. Barratt London and affordable Housing Partner Peabody Trust have worked with the London Borough of Lewisham to agree the affordable housing criteria. Completions will begin in the spring of 2015 and the entire development is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2017.
Catford Green is located between two key transport hubs, Catford and Catford Bridge railway stations, meaning Charing Cross is just 20 minutes away. The development will benefit from thoughtfully landscaped grounds that seamlessly open onto the 54 green acres of Ladywell Fields.