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 via strategicpartners@lqgroup.org.uk 
 
About Build London Partnership

Formed in 2018, The Build London Partnership is a unique collaboration between L&Q and the GLA, with a simple mission to partner with smaller housing associations; combining our social values and commercial expertise to build affordable homes for hard-to-reach communities. 

As a truly innovative project developing small, disused, infill and challenging sites across the capital, the BLP supports our partner’s capacity needs through a dedicated programme of workshops, presentations, and meetings. We differentiate  ourselves from other developers by aiming to empower and upskill each of our partners, enabling them to develop affordable housing themselves and better serve the needs of their communities going forward.

About L&Q 

L&Q is one of the UK’s leading housing associations and developers. 
Social purpose is at the heart of everything we do. All the money we make is reinvested into new and existing homes, creating successful communities and providing excellent services.
The safety of residents is our top priority. We are an early adopter of the government’s building safety proposals and have committed £250 million to implementing the recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building safety.
We own and manage more than 110,000 homes nationwide, and we are actively involved in the communities we help build, staying locally based and responsive.  We listen to our customers and make sure they have a strong and influential voice throughout every part of the business.
We hope to build aspiration, opportunity and confidence among residents through our community foundation and skills academy. Last year, the Foundation awarded £5.7 million in grants to good causes, including grassroots initiatives to tackle social issues like gang violence and homelessness.
L&Q Living provides care and support services to people with a wide range of needs, including older people, people with learning difficulties and mental health needs, and people dealing with homelessness. 
For further information please visit www.lqgroup.org.uk