Haig Housing residents Pauline Burroughs and Charles Glover joined Haig’s Chief Executive James Richardson and United Living’s Chief Operating Officer Stuart Laird to lay the development’s first bricks on 9th April 2018.
Mrs Burroughs, who has lived as a Haig resident in Morden for 46 years laid the first brick at the new development closely followed by Mr Glover, whose son has just recently passed out of AFC Harrogate following in his father’s footsteps into the army.
Chief Executive James Richardson said, “This is the first brick in Haig Housing’s largest single building programme since the fifties. It marks a significant point in a concerted period of construction that will add 68 new homes to our Morden estate.”
Haig Housing, the leading provider of general needs Veterans’ housing, is building these 68 new homes to rent on the site of Haig’s largest estate based in South London to further address the housing shortage faced by the nation’s ex-Service men and women. South London, due to the high cost of living in the capital, is a particularly hard location to find affordable housing. The mix of 1 bedroom flats up to 4 bedroom houses will be rented at a social rent, much cheaper than comparable homes in the local private rented sector, to ex-forces families and available to rent from June 2019.
To mark the occasion United Living presented Haig Housing with a commemorative trowel which will go proudly on display. United Living was appointed last year, to build Haig’s development of 68 new homes and have pledged to employ local Veterans in their business.
The scheme is part funded by the Veterans’ Accommodation Fund, which also provided funding for Haig to expand in Colchester, Aldershot and Scotland. This new development follows the 8 one bedroom homes built recently at Parry Court, Morden which completed in March 2018 and Haig’s award winning partnership big build in Manchester.