Demolition work has started on existing residential units at the site of Balfour Beatty’s £11.6 million residential scheme, Willow Walk.
The scheme will provide 75 affordable homes, of which 21 council homes will be based at Setchell Road, comprising one, two and three-bedroom homes.
A new street will be built through the site between Willow Walk and Setchell Road, as well as improvements being made to the existing children’s play area.
On the same site, 54 temporary short-stay bedrooms with shared kitchen and communal amenities are being built, as well as public space, car parking, cycle racks and refuse facilities. This will go towards reducing the demand for bed and breakfast accomodation in the borough.
Southwark Council has pointed to the project as important in fulfilling its objective to build 11,000 council homes over the next 30 years.
"We've already surpassed one degree of global warming," said Kristen Buida, manager of the London Climate Change Partnership.