First residents move into Walthamstow Skyline building

The first residents have moved into their new homes in the Skyline building in Walthamstow.

Built by The Hill Group on behalf of Waltham Forest Council, the new development comprises 91 homes and is 50 per cent affordable, including three- and four-bedroom properties for local families.

The transformation of old vacant council offices into one of Waltham Forest’s flagship developments is part of the aim to build more high-quality homes in the borough.

It’s the third residential building by the Waltham Forest Capital Delivery team to be completed this year, with the first phase delivering a total of 226 high-quality new homes to the borough with 65 per cent of them affordable.

Cllr Ahsan Khan, Waltham Forest deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and regeneration, said: “We have made good on our promise to bring more high-quality affordable housing to Waltham Forest residents at an extremely challenging financial time for councils across the country.”

As well as new homes, the development includes two floors that will be dedicated to part of the new University of Portsmouth campus. Expected to open in spring 2024, the expansion will bring more learning and job opportunities for residents and complement wider plans for Walthamstow as a cultural destination.

The site also provides more facilities for families, with the development containing a 53-place pre-school nursery with its own play area, perfect for residents looking for childcare.

The development will also provide more green space, including a revamped pocket park at the junction of First Avenue and Hoe Street.

The building is also environmentally friendly with its low-carbon heating provided by communal air source heat pumps and solar panels, providing high levels of energy efficiency. Initiatives to improve biodiversity such as bat boxes, a ‘brown’ roof, and installations to mitigate the risk of flooding through a ‘blue’ roof and rainwater reduction mean the development will make an important difference to the local environment.

Further works to put the finishing touches on the commercial spaces will continue into next year, with the opening anticipated for late 2024.