Another former disused garage site in Dover has been transformed; this time to provide 16 studio flats for local people facing homelessness. 

16 Studio Flats – Walter Hammond Close, Dover

Location: Dover

Client: Dover District Council

Completed: January 2023

Value: £1.2m

The development has been built by Jenner on behalf of Dover District Council as part of its commitment to develop more interim homes to reduce the reliance on B&B accommodation and support local people who find themselves in extreme difficulty.

The sixteen modern, fit-for-purpose new flats in Walter Hammond Close, formerly known as Kimberley Close, were handed over earlier this month (January 2023) and will be offered for social rent. 

As part of Dover District Council’s pledge to build more sustainably in a drive to tackle climate change, the accommodation has had cutting edge solar panel systems installed on the roof. The development also has a lockable bike shed to encourage greener, more environmentally friendly forms of transport. 

The development follows the recent completion of a similar scheme in Elizabeth Carter Court in Deal, which has provided eight flats for interim accommodation as well as the imminent completion of 26 new homes at the Napchester site in Whitfield.  Prior to this 65 homes were delivered in 2021 at the William Muge and Snelgrove site and whose design and construction were recognised as award-worthy by the RICS in the ‘Best Residential Scheme’ category in their South-East award scheme.  All developments have been successfully delivered by Jenner as part of the strong, longstanding relations established between Council and Contractor over many years. 

Cllr Derek Murphy, cabinet member for social housing commented upon handover: “This new development highlights the ongoing work by Dover District Council to build high quality, green homes to create an affordable solution for local people needing somewhere to live.”