Workmen put finishing touches on luxury block of homes being used to house Grenfell Tower survivors


Workmen have been photographed putting the finishing touches on the luxury apartments block being used to rehome Grenfell Tower survivors.

Images show the workmen in high-vis jackets and hard hats on scaffolding outside the Kensington High Street flats, which are part of the £2 billion Kensington Row scheme.

The Standard revealed on Wednesday that 68 flats, located in one of the country’s most sought after post codes, will be used to permanently house families after last week’s horrific blaze.

The Government said extra staff have been committed by the developers, and working hour restrictions relaxed, so work can continue around the clock to fast-track completion of the development.

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The flats are located in Kensington High Street, in one of the country’s most sought after postcodes (Jeremy Selwyn)

The properties that have been acquired are a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom flats, and the new accommodation is expected to be completed by the end of July. 

Two bedroom flats are currently being advertised for up to £2.4 million, but it is understood the City of London Corporation paid around £10 million for some of the flats thanks to an “extraordinary gesture” of goodwill by developer St Edward in selling the properties at their cost price.

The complex is owned by developer St Edward, a joint venture between the Berkeley Group and Prudential, and features a gym, swimming pool and 24-hour concierge service – although the Grenfell residents will not have access to the services, a spokesman for the Berkeley Group said.

The deal was brokered by the Homes and Communities Agency on behalf of the Government.

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Sixty-eight flats in the Kensington Row scheme have been acquired (Jeremy Selwyn)

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our priority is to get everyone who has lost their home permanently rehoused locally as soon as possible, so that they can begin to rebuild their lives.”

However several residents of the luxury complex, which features a gym, swimming pool and 24-hour concierge service that will be off limits to Grenfell families, complained the move was “unfair”.

One woman, who bought her flat two years ago, told the Guardian: “We paid a lot of money to live here, and we worked hard for it.

“Now these people are going to come along, and they won’t even be paying the service charge.”

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