Construction start-on-site date moves to address resident feedback
Following a resident event, held last month, to discuss the upcoming development at Gillan Court and the upgrade works on the existing block, Riverside have taken the decision to delay the date for the construction start-on-site and parking suspension as a result of concerns put forward by the residents at Gillan Court.
Since then, Riverside have been working closely with residents to address their concerns and a revised programme, outlining outstanding repairs, improvement works to the existing block and construction of the 9 new homes has been issued.
Residents were also given the opportunity to book a one-to-one appointment to discuss their individual concerns in person with a member of the Project and Housing team.
Construction has been rescheduled to begin in early Spring and residents will be notified about a date for parking suspension. Colleagues at Riverside will work closely with impacted residents to ensure that they have a permit to park their cars close by.
More information can be found in the FAQ section.
Parking suspended at Gillan Court from Mon 14 Feb 2022
Riverside are preparing for construction to start this month, to build nine new homes at the back of Gillan Court. This means that all on site parking will be suspended from Monday 14 February.
To allow the builders clear access to the site and for the health and safety of residents, there will be no parking available at Gillan Court while construction work takes place.
Residents with vehicles will receive a parking permit for Zone D (Grove Park) to cover the period of suspension. This permit will allow residents to park in the surrounding roads nearby.
Work begins to secure a building contractor following a delay caused by the pandemic
The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has unfortunately presented additional challenges and some changes to the way Riverside works. This has included a delay to our anticipated programme of new build and refurbishment works, due to take place at Gillan Court this year.
Despite this, Riverside has begun the process of procuring a building contractor and has continued to consult with tenants on the proposed improvements, with further consultation events to finalise the refurbishment details scheduled to be held over the coming months.
Building work is scheduled to begin in the autumn, subject to government guidelines. We would like to thank both our residents and stakeholders for their patience during this time.
Gillan Court development scheme gets the go ahead
Lewisham Council has given the go ahead for the development of nine new homes in the rear car park at Gillan Court in Grove Park. Planning permission was granted in January 2020 and Riverside is set to begin construction work in spring this year.
The new two and four bedroom homes will be built at Gillan Court, alongside a community garden and play area for both existing and new residents.
As part of the project, Riverside is planning to undertake improvements to the existing homes and communal areas at Gillan Court. We have been in consultation with tenants on proposed improvements and will be holding further consultation events to finalise the refurbishment details in the coming months.
Funds generated from the sale of the private homes will contribute towards the refurbishment of the existing block.
Steven McIntosh, Regeneration Project Leader at Riverside, commented: “We are delighted to get the green light on this project. It follows almost a year of planning and consultation with local residents who are keen to see the improvement work begin.
“The project is a good example of how Riverside can generate income from commercial activities and reinvest it back into the community. It means that tenants at Gillan Court will benefit from improvements to their homes and the communal areas, while we provide new homes for local people.”
Riverside is now finalising specifications for the new buildings and the improvement work before asking building contractors to submit tenders. Building work is set to be complete in spring 2021.
Tenants consulted on final plans to build homes in Lewisham
Tenants living at Gillan Court in Grove Park got an opportunity to view final plans for a new housing development being built next to their homes. Riverside invited tenants and neighbouring residents to a consultation event to comment on the plans before a planning application is submitted to Lewisham Council. The event follows more than 12 months of consultation with residents.
Plans include building nine much-needed homes for local people on the car park at the back of Gillan Court. The homes will be available for sale with a proportion of the revenue from the sales used to fund improvements to Gillan Court. The new scheme still allows enough space for parking, and includes a new community garden for tenants to relax in.
The planning application is due to be submitted in July 2019, with work scheduled to begin in early 2020. More consultation events will be in held in the autumn – with a focus on what improvements tenants want to see to homes and communal spaces at Gillan Court.
The scheme will see Riverside contribute to the demand for homes in London, while investing in existing properties at Gillan Court.