Last Thursday marked the grand opening of our Thrale Almshouses project in Streatham which was opened by Labour MP Chuka Umunna. The afternoon event was well attended with local councillors Diana Morris, Malcolm Clark and Mohammed Seedat in attendance with residents and members of the community.

The Thrale Almshouses and Relief in Need Charity is a South London based, organisation, aiming to provide quality housing for elderly women. The charity distributes small grants for local people in need within Streatham.

Thrale embarked on the £2.2m development of the site to create new, affordable homes fit for the 21st century. The existing buildings were retained on site, stripped, extended and refitted inside to create homes for 8 residents. Two additional buildings at the front and the rear of the site were erected supplying homes for an additional 9 residents, including two specially adapted homes for women with limited mobility.

In the middle of the Almshouses is a private courtyard and garden, providing a peaceful and relaxing environment that residents can enjoy.

During the ceremony, there was a reburial of a time capsule in the front garden that had been discovered by our builders when works first started. It is now been reburied with the original contents and additional items from this year.

The day was a roaring success, with representatives from Quinn London and consultants and architects on site to discuss the development and positive feedback from residents and the local community. Big thanks to Thrale for the delicious buffet and drinks provided after the ceremony.

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