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Contractors Osborne and Lovell have each won a £20m package of work for the construction of council homes in the London Borough of Southwark.

Southwark Council’s Directly Funded Housing Programme aims to build 11,000 new homes over the next 30 years.

Osborne and Lovell have been appointed to deliver the first phase. The contracts were awarded through the iESE (improvement and Efficiency South East) framework.

The two contractors are collaborating to maximise performance and efficiencies across the programme, embracing topics such as supply chain development, continuous improvement, and employment and training.

Lovell's involvement in the programme was first reported in December.

Southwark councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “I’m excited to see this phase of our directly funded council housing project getting underway, these new genuinely affordable homes will go a long way to addressing both the high demand for more council homes and the diverse housing needs of our population.”

Osborne director for homes Garfield Coombs said; “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to be involved in one of the largest council-funded housing projects in the country.  As our London office is based in Southwark we are ideally placed to deliver the best accommodation for our local community. We are committed to working with local companies and employing local people through our supply chain as well as working with local schools and employing apprentices.”

Osborne has six separate projects to deliver. These are:

  • Cator Street (Extra Care): New 42-unit building for elderly people with dementia
  • Cator Street Centre of Excellence: Refurbishment of ground floor of existing office building to provide day centre for elderly people and their carers
  • Clifton Estate Garages: new eight-unit affordable housing development.
  • Masterman House Garages: new 25-unit social and private housing development.
  • Southdown House, East Dulwich Estate: new 18-unit affordable housing development.
  • Gatebeck House, East Dulwich Estate: new nine-unit affordable housing development.

Lovell has four schemes to build. These are:

  • Sumner Road: seven new homes
  • Long Lane: 19 flats and a small commercial unit on land formerly occupied by a housing office
  • Old Kent Road: a hostel in with accommodation for 28 people
  • Nunhead Green: Eight family houses on the site of the former Nunhead Lane community centre. The scheme will also include the provision of a new community facility on a neighbouring site.

The programme is due to start at the end of February 2014, with the final project due to be completed early in 2016.





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