Landmark day for new extra care homes

High-quality extra care homes helping older people live independently in west London are a step closer after a topping-out ceremony.

The event, which marks the completion of the building’s structural frame, is an important milestone at White City Living.

The 27 storey building will provide a mix of affordable housing tenures, including extra care homes for people with care needs, managed by Notting Hill Genesis.

Handover of the extra care homes is expected in 2022. Forty-five will be for affordable rent, with 15 for Older Person’s Shared Ownership, where residents buy a portion of their new home but, unlike in traditional shared ownership, they do not pay rent in the remaining share.

The overall scheme is being developer by St James, part of the Berkeley Group, which will transform an 11-acre former warehouse site into a new mixed-use district of more than 2,300 mixed-tenure homes, a five-acre public park, refurbished railway arches for retail use and improved pedestrian access to Westfield London.

Robert East, Director of Care and Support for Notting Hill Genesis, said:

Providing high-quality extra care housing and supporting older people to live independently is a vital part of our work and we’re extremely proud to be offering this at White City Living. This is a landmark moment for the development and we look forward to welcoming our first residents.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, added: “We’re committed to delivering the most genuinely affordable homes for our residents in a decade, at no cost to council tax payers.”

“We want all who live in the borough to benefit from its growth and prosperity and by working alongside St James on the White City Living project, we’ve been able to not only delivery new affordable homes, but to also enhance our offer as one of the most vibrant places to live, work and do business in London.”

Sean Ellis, Chairman St James Group, said: “White City Living highlights exactly what can be achieved through true regeneration – outstanding new homes of all tenures, beautiful and extensive new landscaping for residents and the local community to enjoy, vastly improved infrastructure, and skills and job opportunities for local people.

“As part of the regeneration, we’re providing 427 affordable homes across a range of tenures to ensure a diverse and inclusive community can enjoy this new neighbourhood and prime part of central London.”