The Mayor of Richmond and Sir Vince Cable officially open Queen’s House

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 The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP and the Mayor of Richmond-upon-Thames yesterday opened Queen’s House, a development of 45 affordable homes in the heart of Twickenham.

The Holly Road-site provides 16 affordable rented properties and 29 shared ownership homes, set in communal gardens, a stone’s throw from Twickenham train station, bus station and high street.

The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP said: “We are delighted that Thames Valley Housing has been able to achieve these high quality, affordable homes right in the heart of the borough. These new homes will help to address the housing need in the borough and I hope that the residents will be happy here for years to come.”

Cllr Liz Jaeger, Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, also attended the launch. She said:

“Well done TVHA! This is very good news for local people trying to get on the housing ladder and those in need of affordable rented housing. We are committed to supporting and working as closely as we can with our partner Housing Associations to deliver more excellent schemes of this nature.

Together we are always looking at new approaches to increase supply and extend existing stock. This development is an example of the Council, working with TVHA, to identify a use for what has been a very underused building for a number of years.

We need to look for more opportunities like this so we can meet the local need for affordable housing and I and my colleagues are committed to doing this on sites in our ownership, with our housing association partners and with private developers who must do much more in the way of delivering affordable housing. Otherwise we won’t be able to meet the housing needs for all local people – for our children and grandchildren.”

Guests had the opportunity to look around the development and speak to our current and future Queen’s House residents.

Whilst this was taking place, 30 of our staff members and partners took part in a sponsored abseil down the 8-storey building to raise funds for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Transverse Myelitis Society.

 

From left to right: Des Thomas (Thomas Sinden), Christopher Thomas (TVH), The Mayor of Richmond, Sir Vince Cable, Chatinder Bal (TVH)

 

TVH staff prior to their abseil

 

 

 

 

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Photo credit: Anne-Marie Briscombe

 

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