Build London Partnership Celebrates Its First Success

Published on 30/03/2021

An innovative partnership to support grassroots housing associations and tackle the housing crisis in London has completed its first homes.

L&Q and the GLA are proud to announce the successful completion and handover of 22 new 100% affordable homes to North London Muslim Housing Association as part of the Build London Partnership.

This includes 10 homes at 256 Church Road in Waltham Forest and 12 homes at 131-161 Holtwhites Hill and 119-135 Lavender Hill in Enfield. The homes are a mix of sizes ranging from 1 to 2 beds and will all be made available via London Affordable Rent.

Vicky Savage, London Managing Director at L&Q said: “When we formed the Build London Partnership, we were clear in our objectives – to use our development expertise to support smaller housing associations and unlock sites around London for new homes. Working closely with our partner over the last two years, we have been able to build 22 quality new homes that will successfully cater to the needs of the community in Enfield and Waltham Forest. This is a proud moment for the Build London Partnership and a great success story to mark the beginning of a bright future.”

North London Muslim Housing Association currently manage 992 homes in five local authority areas across the capital and have worked with the Build London Partnership team at L&Q to develop genuinely affordable homes for their residents.

Aziz Rahim, Chief Executive at North London Muslim Housing Association said: “The schemes we have completed through the Build London Partnership are glowing examples of unlocking small sites in North East London. To tackle the housing crisis, we need to be innovative and it is vital we maximise the supply of affordable homes in London. I am grateful to the Build London Partnership team, without their help the NLMHA couldn’t have increased our portfolio and pipeline. We will develop many more affordable homes in London through the BLP programme, as people in London should not suffer because of the lack of affordable housing.”

With an ambitious target to develop 600 new homes by 2023, the Build London Partnership is making strong progress, with a current GLA investment of £5m across 79 homes with a pipeline of 609 and 43 partners to date.

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, Tom Copley said: “This is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when housing associations, councils and City Hall work together to tackle London’s housing crisis. The Build London Partnership is supporting smaller housing associations to build much needed new affordable homes and helping to overcome difficulties that have long held up development of small or challenging sites across London. I congratulate North London Muslim Housing Association on their new homes and look forward to seeing the continued success of the Build London Partnership in delivering the affordable homes Londoners need.”

Contact Abi Jacobs, Director of Strategic Partnerships, if you are interested in partnering with us or if you require further information by email at strategicpartners@lqgroup.org.uk.