Work to start on new Pocket Park and update on Juniper House project

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Juniper House News

Walthom Forest

The Juniper House development is part of the Council’s commitment to providing as many affordable homes as possible for local people.  This scheme includes 50 per cent of the homes being affordable and also includes a pre-school nursery.

The scheme will also revitalise a key part of Walthamstow Town Centre by providing new commercial and employment space on Hoe Street.

Crushing starting soon

Juniper House demolition

As demolition of Juniper House nears conclusion the contractors will be bringing in a crusher which will turn the concrete and brick into material for reuse in the foundations of the new building.

This reduces the number of times lorries will drive along First Avenue and helps reduce the carbion footprint of the scheme.

The crusher is one of the latest on the market so will be as quiet and dust free as possible.

It will be operating for one week from Wednesday 22 January and then for a further week in February.

Network Rail contractors working overnight

Network Rail logo cropped

Contractors for Network Rail are due to be working overnight on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February 2020.

The contractors will be cutting back a small amount of vegetation near the rails using hand saws and battery operated chain saws which are quieter than the traditional diesel powered ones.

They will also be installing sensors on the track to monitor any movement that may occur during pile driving at Juniper House.

There may be some noise nuisance during this work, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused, which will be kept to a minimum.

Piling work will begin in February

Pile driver

Piling to create the foundations for the new development will begin in late February and last for around 10 weeks.

This will take place during normal day time working hours.

Inevitably there will be some noise and vibration while this work takes place.

Our contractors aim to keep any disruption to a minimum and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Pocket park work starts soon

Juniper House Pocket Park information board

Work is due to start by the end of February on the Pocket Park at the junction of First Avenue and Hoe Street.

The plans were developed through extensive engagement with local residents and businesses.

The pocket park will be a mix of existing mature trees, high quality paving materials, new trees and planting.

There will be a dedicated residents planting area which the community will be able to plant and maintain.

Pocket Parks are one of the ways we are helping tackle the Climate Emergency as the plants used will help improve air quality.

We are hoping to be complete by Summer 2020.

Please obey parking restrictions

Penalty Charge Notice PCN on vehicle windscreen

Please make sure you don’t leave your vehicle in the parking bays that have been suspended.

On one day this week three vehicles, including one with a blue badge, were removed as they had illegally parked in an area needed by UK Power Networks.

The parking suspensions also applies to blue badge holders and are in place so contractor’s vehicles can reach the site with a minimum risk of damaging parked cars.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Juniper House scheme will bring benefits for community

Juniper House from south

The Juniper House development will bring significant benefits for local residents including a new nursery, new affordable homes and a new pocket park at the corner of First Avenue and Hoe Street. 

The scheme will feature environmentally friendly measures including, including air-source heat pumps and solar panels which will provide heating and hot water for the apartments and cooling to the nursery and commercial elements. It is a car free scheme, except for people with disabilities.

The approved application includes:

  • providing 91 new homes for local people, with 50 per cent of them as affordable, including three and four bedroom properties suitable for families
  • providing a 53-place pre-school nursery with its own play-area on a site close to Walthamstow Central Station making it easy for commuters to use
  • providing more green space, including a pocket park at the junction of First Avenue and Hoe Street
  • improving the appearance of the area around the gyratory traffic system
  • providing new commercial units facing Hoe Street which could provide space for local businesses and employment opportunities for residents
  • providing cycle parking
  • the Council keeping ownership of the land when the development is completed

The finished building will be a quality design landmark as well as providing new amenity space and a much needed nursery.

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