The Centenary Development on our headquarters estate in Morden, South London, and opened by our Patron, HM The Queen, in October 2019, has been shortlisted for Inside Housing’s 2021 Development Awards in the category, “Best development (urban - London)”.The judging process this year proved to be one of the toughest as there were a record number of entries, with over 300 entrants. Read more about the Centenary Development and our Patron’s visit below.
The Centenary Development 2019
On Friday 11 October at 11.15am Her Majesty The Queen arrived to officially open one of the UK’s biggest Veterans housing projects in recent years consisting of 68 homes at Haig Housing’s headquarters estate in Morden - London’s largest community of ex-Service personnel - which will provide much needed accommodation for ex-military personnel and their families.
Hundreds of school children from Abbotsbury Primary lined the entry route waving Union Jack flags with raucous excitement as Her Majesty’s Bentley entered the estate.
The Queen was met by the Lord Lieutenant of London, Sir Kenneth Olisa who then presented her to Deputy Lord Lieutenant Claire Whelan and Mayor Janice Howard from Merton Council.
Chair of Haig’s Trustees Mrs Cathy Lester-Walker and Chief Executive Brig James Richardson then guided Her Majesty through a tour of the new estate, meeting beneficiaries, viewing some of the new homes, meeting the architects, builders and contract agents.
Queen Elizabeth was presented a posy of flowers by 6 year old Naomi Gurung before HM was introduced to participants in last years The Long Walk Home, commemorating 100 years since the end of World War 1.
The pathway through the new green area was lined with Haig Staff, family, friends and residents along with children from Morden Primary School. Her Majesty beamed as she accepted dozens of floral arrangements and even chuckled when one enthusiastic child yelled out to her “You’re the best Queen in the world!”
The Trustees of Haig and some senior staff were presented to Her Majesty, along with representatives from other Veterans charities, before the official unveiling of the Commemorative plinth.
This was indeed a very special day for all involved and those who witnessed it will treasure those memories forever.