Catalyst to build 934 homes on St Ann’s Hospital site

Catalyst plans to build 934 affordable homes on the London hospital site with 50 of the homes to be set aside for community-led housing.
St. Ann's Hospital in Tottenham, London.
St. Ann’s Hospital in Tottenham, London. Credit: Spudgun/Creative Commons.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has chosen the local housing association Catalyst to develop homes on a site at St Ann’s Hospital in Tottenham.

Catalyst, one of the G15 group of London’s largest housing associations, plans to build 934 homes on the site with 50 affordable homes set aside for community-led housing. This would make St. Ann’s one of the largest community-led housing schemes in London.

The remaining affordable homes on site will be 60% London Affordable Rent, 20% London Shared Ownership and 20% London Living Rent. The search for a community organisation to take on the community-led homes will be launched early next year.

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I’m pleased to be partnering with Catalyst to develop this exciting project which will bring hundreds of genuinely affordable homes to this important site.

“My team and Catalyst are already working closely with the local community to ensure their needs are put at the heart of our plans for St Ann’s.

“I look forward to following the site’s progress and showing what can be done when the public sector takes a clear lead on redevelopment and builds the high-quality homes Londoners deserve.”

As part of Catalyst’s plans, Haringey Council will be offered the chance to buy half of the new homes at St Ann’s at London Affordable Rent for its own housing portfolio.

22 of the homes will be made available for the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust at London Living Rent for 10 years to provide key worker housing for NHS staff.

The new homes range from family town houses to apartment blocks and will be designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects and 6a Architects. All of the homes will be sustainable, built to exemplary building safety standards, and will meet or exceed London Housing Design Guide space standards.

10,000 square metres of new and existing tree cover and new playground space will be included as part of the scheme, while heritage assets such as the hospital’s Victorian water tower will be preserved. Pedestrian and cycling infrastructure will also be improved.

Community empowerment will be a key part of the St. Ann’s development as local residents will be prioritised for all homes on site and supported through initiatives such as a deposit match scheme. A dedicated resident-run social investment fund will be set up, while long-term community space will also be made available on site.

Philip Jenkins, group development director at Catalyst said: “I’m delighted that Catalyst has been chosen by the GLA as the delivery partner for this landmark project that will deliver a significant number of much-needed affordable homes to the area.

“Placemaking is at the heart of what we do, and we’ll work closely with the community and key stakeholders to co-create and deliver a truly community-led redevelopment for local people, for our dedicated and highly-valued key workers and for future generations.

“As well as over 900 high-quality new homes, we’re committed to incorporate the site’s heritage, creating community and grace space, and providing an accessible, attractive and connected hub that reflects the diversity of the area.”

Cllr Emina Ibrahim, Haringey Council’s cabinet member for housing & estate renewal, said: “One of the council’s top priorities is to address the crippling housing crisis and we always wanted a significant number of council homes at council rent on the site.

“I am pleased the GLA have secured a development partner and we look forward to working with them and the community to ensure the scheme delivers for Haringey and our residents.”

Levent Kerimol from Community Led Housing London said: “The plans for the St Ann’s site are very exciting, not least because they allow community led housing to become a more consistent part of a diverse London housing landscape.

“We look forward to supporting community led housing groups to make the most of this opportunity to empower future residents and local people in taking collective control of their housing.”

The residential development of St. Ann’s is due to start in late 2022. It is expected that the NHS Trust will have access to its homes by 2024/25.

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