BJF Group’s Construction Division has been awarded a new circa £4.3m residential development project for Optivo, one of the largest housing associations in the UK.

Working with the client’s team Gardner Partnership, the design and build project will involve the demolition of existing redundant industrial buildings to make way for 20 apartments split over two blocks at Beulah Crescent.

Social housing developments such as these are much needed in the Croydon area. According to Croydon Council data there is a huge shortage of socially owned homes within Croydon with a housing register of some 5,000 households and many people waiting over 10 years for social housing.

The apartments are made up of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units as well as parking areas including 2 wheelchair accessible flats with designated, covered parking spaces. The front block comprises an under croft to allow for vehicle access to off-road courtyard parking spaces. There will also be a play area installed along with further green space for residents.

With sustainability in mind, the apartments will feature green roofs, Solar PV panels and permeable pavements to minimise surface water run-off.

Ian Hagger, Director of Land and New Business at Optivo, said:

“We’re continuing to invest in homes in Croydon and this development will be a positive addition to the area. We look forward to working with BJF Group and giving residents the keys to their new home in the future.”