Contractor wins women-only housing job

JJ Rhatigan has been selected for a London scheme containing a women-only housing block, according to council planning documents.

The UK arm of the Ireland-headquartered contractor will redevelop two buildings at 227 Wood Lane in White City, west London for housing association Women’s Pioneer Housing (WPH).

The existing buildings, which host WPH’s headquarters and 36 affordable homes, will be replaced with a 16-storey tower with two six-storey wings.

The tower will contain 209 co-living apartments, while the lower-rise blocks will provide 60 affordable homes for single women and a new office for WPH. There will be a publicly accessible cafe and gym at the ground level.

The WPH office will occupy the ground floor and the one-bedroom flats will sit above, centred around a shared terrace.

The project is being jointly developed by HUB and Bridges Fund Management.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council initially rejected the scheme in October 2022, citing concerns about the building’s height and potential overheating in summer. The decision was reversed a month later.

The developers initially applied for a 29-storey tower containing 80 affordable homes for WPH and 350 co-living units, which was opposed by local groups. The initial proposal was worth £80m.

The new development borders the White City regeneration area, which includes the redevelopment of former BBC studios into nearly 1,000 homes, being delivered by contractors including Kier and Multiplex.

JJ Rhatigan is working on several large residential projects in and around London, including a £500m deal with developer Strawberry Star to build 2,000 homes in Luton, Harlow, Wembley and Kenton. It also took over a £78m 662-bed student-accommodation scheme on the Brent Cross redevelopment from Henry Construction.

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