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Romford’s oldest tower blocks torn down to make way for housing

Front left to right: Maria Faheem, Tim Wates, Damian White, Neil Stubbings, Hugh Jeffrey and (second row) Joe Arthur, Danny Wilson, Neil Shaftain, David Cabey and Adrian Fennessey at Waterloo and Queen Street estate today (Credit: Havering Council)

Romford’s first ever tower blocks have been demolished to make way for a new housing development. 

William Pike House and Thomas England House were built in Waterloo and Queen Street in 1961 but are no longer considered fit for purpose. 

They have been torn down to make way for 1,380 new homes, more than 550 of which will reportedly be affordable for local people. 

Waterloo Estate is the largest of the 12 Estates projects being built by the local council and Wates Residential. 

Havering Council said the homes are going to be made from high-quality and traditional building materials.

There are also plans for commercial workspace, play space, a raingarden and a community village green. 

The leader of Havering Council, Damian White, went to the site to watch the buildings being pulled down today.

He said: “This is the largest estate regeneration scheme on Council-owned land in London and is representative of Havering Council’s plans to create modern, energy efficient homes for local people. 

“It is great to be here today to see the old tower blocks coming down, soon to be replaced with homes fit for future generations of Havering residents to live in and enjoy.”

The £1.5 billion 12 Estates project will create at least 3,500 new homes in Havering over the next 12 to 15 years. 

Napier and New Plymouth House in Rainham and Solar, Serena and Sunrise Courts in Hornchurch are also part of the joint venture programme. 

Hugh Jeffrey, regional development director, Wates Residential, commented: “We believe everyone deserves a great place to live, and the demolition of these concrete blocks are a necessary physical change to the Romford landscape that will lead to the creation of new comfortable homes for families to thrive in.

“The new homes that will replace them have been designed specifically with local people in mind and will form a community which is surrounded by open green space for playing and relaxing.”

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