Lucy Faithfull House in Oxford set for redevelopment

Oxford City Housing Limited (OCHL) has submitted plans to redevelop the site of the former Lucy Faithfull House in the centre of Oxford, creating a flagship development of 36 flats.

Currie & Brown is providing employer’s agent and quantity surveying services on the project to occupy the plot previously occupied by Lucy Faithfull House, which provided accommodation for those who had experienced rough sleeping.

The plan is to create a single-block, four to six-storey building in a stepped design providing one, two and three-bed homes, scheduled for completion in November 2022.

Work started on site in August 2021, with the mixed-tenure development designed with sustainability in mind. There will be no vehicle parking available on site. Each residence will have access to two bicycle rack spaces. The exception is two ground-floor flats, designed for accessible living. Roof-top solar panels are anticipated to generate between 20% and 40% of energy used on site.

Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Oxford City Council cabinet member for planning and housing delivery, said: “Oxford needs homes and OCHL’s flagship redevelopment of the Lucy Faithfull site will deliver 36 new high-quality, low-carbon homes in the city centre. These will include 15 homes let at social rent and 11 homes in other affordable tenures.”

Mark Lintern, associate director in Currie & Brown’s Bristol office, commented: “We are pleased to be working alongside Oxford City Housing Limited on the construction of a replacement building where Lucy Faithfull House used to sit. The development will provide a mix of much-needed affordable and social housing.”

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