Legal & General Affordable Homes announces the acquisition of its largest single scheme to date, Deanston Wharf, which will provide 207 new affordable homes within Ballymore’s Royal Wharf regeneration scheme in East London. As a result, Legal & General Affordable Homes’ development pipeline now stands at over 6,000 homes across the UK, with 1,000 homes currently in operation, worth a total Gross Asset Value of over £1bn.
According to research, 7.6 million people in England had at least one major housing problem relating to overcrowding, affordability or poor-quality housing going into COVID-19. With scarcity of affordable housing in the capital being particularly stark and development starts falling 66 per cent during the pandemic, Legal & General is continuing to tackle the major health and wellbeing implications of poor housing in the areas which need it most. It now has over 1,000 affordable homes in operation or development within Greater London.
The Deanston Wharf development comprises 104 homes for affordable and social rent and 103 for shared ownership, spread over 4 buildings, with completion set for Q2 2023. Legal & General’s new scheme will sit adjacent to Ballymore and Oxley’s 40-acre Royal Wharf regeneration site on the banks of the Thames, benefitting from an established and thriving new neighbourhood with a high street, local pub, community centre and a two-form entry Primary School.
Ben Denton, Chief Executive, Legal & General Affordable Homes, says: “We have made great progress since we started trading in 2019, and the signing of this great quality affordable housing at Deanston Wharf with Ballymore is another milestone. The pandemic has affected every corner of our lives and has emphasised the need to provide safe, secure, affordable housing for families right across the country. We continue to prove the model of deploying institutional capital at scale to meet affordable housing need alongside delivering sector-leading customer service satisfaction through our network of management providers. Working alongside our management providers, developers and suppliers we remain committed to leading the evolution of the affordable housing sectorfor the benefit of our customers, our stakeholders and society”