New affordable homes for local residents unveiled in Hemel Hempstead

A new development built by Thomas Sinden and providing 87 affordable homes for rent in Hemel Hempstead has been unveiled by Hightown Housing Association.

Peregrine Close in Hemel Hempstead provides 87 one-and two-bedroom apartments across four blocks, surrounding a central courtyard and a children’s play area.

Councillor Terry Douris, Mayor of Dacorum, officially declared the homes open along with the Chair and Chief Executive of Hightown at a special ribbon-cutting event on Thursday 9 January. Guests included Councillors and staff from Dacorum Borough Council; residents, staff and Board members from Hightown, members of the Thomas Sinden team plus consultants involved in the development.

47 of the homes have been allocated to residents who were on the local authority’s waiting list and the remaining 40 to local people for intermediate rent which will help residents saving up for a deposit as rent is set at 80 per cent of the market rate.

The development was constructed by Thomas Sinden, and the architects were PRP. The land was formerly an office block known as Viking House. It was bought by Hightown in 2014.
David Bogle, Hightown’s Chief Executive, said: “We are pleased to have officially opened Peregrine Close, providing affordable homes for local people who cannot afford to buy or rent at market rates.

“We are most grateful for the support we have received from Dacorum Borough Council for this development including grant funding. I would also like to extend my thanks to all those who have been involved in this project for their hard work.”

Graeme Sinden, Managing Director of Thomas Sinden, comments: “We are delighted to have worked with Hightown Housing Association to transform the former Viking House site into much needed high quality affordable housing in Hemel Hempstead. This was an important scheme for us and we are pleased to see local residents already enjoying their brand new homes.”