Rockmount Road Development, South London

Transforming a Derelict Site into a Sustainable Home for Those With Housing Needs: Green Pastures' Transitional Plus Care Community Programme Development

Completed in 2011, Green Pastures' first new build project has transformed a redundant brownfield site in Greenwich, London, into a development comprising 8 dwellings for the Transitional Plus Care community programme. The programme provides semi-supported refuge housing for homeless teenagers who are at risk of homelessness.

The development includes 6 self-contained flats for move-on accommodation, sandwiched between 2 houses for semi-independent living. These 6 flats are home to 8 people who were at risk of homelessness, and since 2009 Green Pastures has collaborated with Greenwich council to allocate tenants to the properties and to provide support where required. The other 2 houses are sold on the open market.

The building has been designed to a high standard, providing Code 3 energy efficient homes, which has a significant positive impact on their monthly bills. This not only benefits the residents but also contributes to the reduction of carbon emissions.

The project has had a positive impact on the community, providing homes for 24 people on a previously derelict site, creating jobs, and improving the area. Michael Adekoya, Manager of Gilgal, one of the organisations collaborating with Green Pastures, has praised the purpose-built flats, saying that they are able to support 2 single men who were in temporary accommodation. The other 4 flats are managed by Greenwich Council.

Overall, Green Pastures' Transitional Plus Care community programme development has provided a local solution for a local need, offering refuge and semi-supported housing for homeless teenagers, as well as contributing to the regeneration of the area and the reduction of carbon emissions.

Development details

Total Area (GIA): 445m2
Number of Dwellings: 8 (2 x 3-bed dwellings; 2 x 2-bed flats, 4 x 1-bed flats)
Total Project cost: £1.5M
Architect: Andrew Cunningham Building Design
Planning Consultant: Howard Sharp & Partners
Main Contractor: Phelan Construction

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