Families will soon be moving into 90 new affordable homes built on the site of the former Croydon Council headquarters in the very centre of the South London town.
The flats in the block will be 100 percent affordable and run by the council at council rents.
From September families from the boroughs housing waiting list will begin moving into Malcolm Wicks House, on the site of the old Taberner House.
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The new flats sit adjacent to Queen’s Gardens and consists of four residential blocks ranging from 13 to 35 storeys.
Three of these blocks will house London and Quadrant and Legal & General, with the fourth containing the affordable flats.
The development will also have its own shops, a café, and landscaped gardens.
The name for the block comes from late MP for Croydon North Malcolm Wicks, and the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday (August 23) was attended by his widow Margaret.
One of those lucky enough to be the building’s new residents will be Angela Matova, 35.
She will be moving from emergency accommodation into a flat at Malcolm Wicks House with her nine-month-old daughter Chantelle and 15-year-old son Kevin.
After being told the news she said: “I’m really so happy because I love this property.
“When Jonas called me from Croydon Council, I was so happy I was jumping that I had a new flat. My son was saying ‘Mum, what’s wrong; why are you jumping?’
“I said ‘We’ve got a new flat and we’re moving’.”
Councillor Patricia Hay-Justice, cabinet member for homes, said: “Malcolm Wicks House will provide 90 great-quality council homes at council rents for people on our housing list.
“We are committed to doing all we can to tackle the housing crisis, and this new development will help provide much-needed affordable homes thanks to support from the Mayor of London’s Building Council Homes for Londoners scheme.
“This building is a fitting tribute to a dedicated former local MP, a great use of the site of Croydon’s old headquarters, and I hope our new council residents will be very happy in their homes.”
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The site of the new build was home to council headquarters Taberner House from 1967 until 2013, when employees moved into Bernard Weatherill House over the road.
The site was then earmarked for regeneration and Taberner House was demolished in 2015, and the redevelopment began in 2018 after planning consent was granted.
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