Work on a new homes development in Watford has got underway.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill and Andrew Storey, Senior Development Director from Kier were joined by senior representatives from Watford Riverwell’s other project partners including Jarvis Contracting, Watford Community Housing, Mayfield Villages and West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust to mark the occasion at a breaking-ground event at Woodlands.
Speaking at the event, Elected Mayor of Watford Baroness Thornhill said: “It has taken a lot of hard work and determination to get to this day and I am absolutely delighted that we are now ready to start work on the first new homes at Riverwell.
“We know how badly needed these homes are for Watford – especially the affordable ones. I am also pleased that the Riverwell team has taken time to get the design right and ensure they are good quality homes, which will look fantastic in this woodland setting.
“Not only will this scheme provide much needed homes, but also help give our hospital the opportunity for some much-needed redevelopment work on their existing facility. I am really proud that we have got to this stage.”
Watford Riverwell is a long-term regeneration scheme which will be completed over a 10 to 15-year period and is the largest mixed-use regeneration project in Watford. It will provide much needed new homes, create up to 1,300 new jobs and regenerate derelict and contaminated former industrial land.
In December 2017, Watford Riverwell submitted a planning application to Watford Borough Council for the second housing phase of development, known as Waterside, which will deliver 408 new homes, including a retirement village accommodating 250 property owners that will be delivered in partnership with Mayfield Villages, a specialist retirement village developer and operator. A decision on the application is expected in March 2018.
Follow the latest news on the scheme at www.riverwell-regeneration.com