From empty offices to affordable homes, how Peregrine Close, in Hemel Hempstead is shaping up

At Peregrine Close, the new affordable housing development from Hightown Housing Association, building is well underway, with the new homes starting to take shape. The parties responsible for funding and planning the development including Hightown, Dacorum Borough Council, Homes England and lead contractors, Thomas Sinden, took time today  to  see the progress being made on site.

The scheme, which stands on the site of the disused Atlas Copco offices known as Viking House, will see 87 one and two bedroom apartments built across four blocks. 40 of these homes will be available for intermediate rent while the remaining 47 will be let via Dacorum Borough Council’s Choice Based Lettings system.

The development is now fully underway, following the purchase of the land by Hightown in 2014. The homes will bring contemporary architecture to the area, with vehicle access from Redbourn Road, leading into a courtyard and a children’s play area.

A focal point will be the central landscaped area, with a shared community space for the residents to enjoy.  There will be additional pedestrian access from Swallowdale Lane and a cycle and foot path linking to the strategic cycle path along the former railway line, known as The Nickey Line.

For Hightown, Peregrine Close forms part of a development pipeline of 375 properties projected to be built across Hemel Hempstead over the next four years.

Funding for this development has come from several different organisations, including Dacorum Borough Council, Homes England and Hightown.

David Bogle, Hightown’s Chief Executive adds,

“Hightown welcomes the funding received from Dacorum Borough Council and Homes England in order to make this development happen. Not only did it allow us to procure this site, it has allowed us to deliver a 100% affordable housing scheme of much-needed homes for rent. Peregrine Close will provide a new and contemporary look to this area of the Maylands and provide the local people with a fantastic place to live.”

 Carol Cairns, Homes England’s head of home ownership and supply in the South East, added: “We are really pleased to be helping to bring this local site back into use. It’s fantastic to be part of this development which will see new homes, including affordable, being delivered in Hemel Hempstead to meet the needs of the local community.”

 Graeme Sinden Director from lead contractor Thomas Sinden comments,

‘’Thomas Sinden are delighted to be working with Hightown Housing Association to deliver this significant affordable housing development in Hemel Hempstead. Peregrine Close is an important scheme for us and we look forward to working with the team to deliver a scheme to be proud of.’’

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