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Sycamore House – Development

On 3 March 2010, Hammersmith United Charities received planning consent for their plans to add 24 new, almshouse flats on their Sycamore Gardens site. 20 new flats have now opened in what is now Sycamore House, built on the site of the Charity’s closed care home.

Of these 20 flats, 6 are fully wheelchair accessible, 2 are two bedroom flats and 12 are one bedroom flats. The new building also contains a large community room, a residents library and computer suite and a small room for classes or smaller social gatherings.

The full height atrium and entrance and all areas of the building are fully accessible. There is a room fully equipped for later adaptation in case specialist facilities such as an assisted bathroom are subsequently needed by any residents and there is a guest flat.

Four flats have also be added to the existing Sycamore House building in areas that used to provide the Charity’s offices, the guest room, communal lounge and scheme manager’s office.

Funding for the building was partly provided by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which made a grant of £1.75m to help with construction. The HCA is the Government’s national affordable homes agency. The HCA (formerly the Housing Corporation) £8.4 billion investment programme for 2008-11 was its biggest ever and  funded over 155,000 affordable homes in that period.

Work started in 2010 and was completed in time for the first residents to move in before Easter 2012.

The Plans

Full size plans (for download)

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