Phoenix tenant and Vice Chair, Carmen Simpson, Chief Executive Jim Ripley and Paul Cooke from contractor Thomas Sinden.

Works begin to bring new family homes to Downham

Updated: 5 December 2018 at 17:13pm

We are proud to celebrate the start of works to build new affordable housing in Lewisham.

Works have now begun to build four new family-sized houses on Woodbank Road in Downham, between Ilfracombe and Bideford Road, by our contractor Thomas Sinden. Previously, a terrace of four homes stood on the site, before they were demolished in the 1980s. Thanks to funding from the Mayor of London and Lewisham Council, the two and three-bedroom houses will be available for affordable rent in late 2019. 

This is Phoenix’s fourth residential development, following completion of Hazelhurst Court - our award-winning homes for older people – in late 2017. 

We expect to deliver 34 new homes in 2019, with building works progressing well at Nuthatch House, where we are building 22 new homes for affordable rent adjacent to our existing properties at Forster House and at Riverpark Gardens where we are building eight 1, 2 and 3-bed homes for shared ownership. Further homes in Lewisham are being returned to social housing as part of our 'buyback' initiative

Phoenix tenant and Vice-Chair Carmen Simpson visited the site of the new homes to see the start of works, with Chief Executive Jim Ripley and Paul Cooke, New Business Director of Thomas Sinden.

Phoenix tenant and Vice Chair, Carmen Simpson

Phoenix tenant and Vice-Chair, Carmen Simpson. 

Phoenix Chief Executive, Jim Ripley said: "This is a small scheme, but one that will make a big difference to the four households that move into these new homes opn Woodbank Road. There's a huge shortage of affordable, social housing in Lewisham and across London, and we're determined to do everything we can, in partnership with our residents and the broader community to help fix this."

Paul Cooke, New Business Director of Thomas Sinden said: ‘’We are delighted to have been appointed by Phoenix Community Housing as contractor to build four new homes for affordable rent at Woodbank Road. We look forward to transforming this site into much needed affordable homes for the area.”

Earlier this year we received £60million from the Pension Insurance Corporation. This investment will enable us to build 200 further new homes and offers us flexibility for a much larger development programme over the coming years. 

Find out more about our development programme.