Osborne starts work on £5.3million City of London Housing Project

Osborne is working on the detailed design for the £5.3 million Avondale Square Community Centre Redevelopment. This project requires demolition of an existing 1970s building and the construction of a new seven-storey mixed use block comprising of a Community Centre, Estates Office and 18 flats.

The building, when completed, will provide a mix of units with an emphasis on larger family duplex flats and be spread over two levels, all with large inset balconies. The new Community Centre will provide a large double-storey height multi-use space with mezzanine floor, offering much needed flexible community accommodation for the local residents. The building will also include a new modern Estates Office to serve the Avondale Estate. It is also intended to provide a ‘Pocket Park’ as part of the scheme, designed alongside the local community and with support from the Mayor of London’s community initiative.

The site is situated within the Avondale Square Estate which, although located in the London Borough of Southwark, is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation. It is one of eleven housing estates owned and managed by the City, the most notable of which being the Barbican Estate.

Originally built in 1922, Avondale Square Estate is the largest of the City of London’s housing estates and survived heavy bombing during World War II.

Osborne is due to start the project in the autumn 2014 with completion due by December 2015.

Osborne’s Director for Homes, Garfield Coombs said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us to develop a long term relationship with the City of London Corporation. It will bring great benefits to all parts of the business in the future.”