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Race starts for £44m sheltered housing scheme in London

Central and Cecil Housing Trust is seeking a contractor to build a new 156-home sheltered housing scheme in north London.

The project will involve the demolition of Dora House, a building on St Johns Wood Road near Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, which currently contains 204 affordable housing units, in the form of sheltered housing for people over 55 years old.

The housing trust has said that the units are “not consistent with modern requirements for older peoples’ housing”, meaning that the current building will have to be demolished and replaced.

Demolition of the current building, which is flanked by a hotel and two 12-storey residential buildings, will be followed by the construction of a new development.

This new development, which will be 12 storeys high, will comprise 145 one-bedroom apartments, eight two-bedroom apartments and three studios. In total, the scheme is expected to be worth £43.9m.

According to OJEU documents, works on the scheme will last for 31 months, with tenders due to be returned on 17 December 2015.

In total, the housing trust says that it expects to appoint five firms to the contract.

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