4:45 p.m. November 9, 2021
A social housing complex for the over 55s in St John’s Wood, opposite Lord’s Cricket Ground, will be named after one of the sport’s greatest players.
In a nod to cricket legend WG Grace, 170 homes – 90% of which are affordable – will fall under the Grace House banner, following a competition from local residents.
The redevelopment of Dora House, as it was previously called, at Lodge Road is slated to open by the end of 2022.
Barry Mitchell, 71, who lived at Dora House for five years, provided the winning entry for the name change contest.
He said the new title brings together the site’s cricket heritage, being practically across from Grace Gates in Lord’s, as well as the use of female names by Central and Cecil (C&C) for some of its sheltered housing programs.
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Housing Association Executive Director Julia Ashley said: “Grace House is the perfect name for a new development that we are proud to be associated with.
“The building has a lot of grace and style and will play an important role in the creative re-imagining of what affordable housing can look like for those over 55 in London. ”
The site will have 170 housing units, including 153 (90%) affordable according to the government’s definition. The remaining units will be rented on the private market.
The building will include a video surveillance system, underground parking and charging stations for electric vehicles and mobility scooters.
Solar panels to help provide renewable energy will be installed on the roof and there will be Wi-Fi throughout.
There will also be a common lounge, several gardens including one on the roof, a dedicated “activity zone”, a café, a lounge, and three “respite and rehabilitation units”.
Former Dora House was a protected housing complex of 205 houses from the 1960s. Plans for its redevelopment were approved by Westminster Council.
Residents of the old building have the right to return to the new development when it opens. Others should approach Westminster Council through the Housing Department.
Housing is only accessible to people over 55 who are eligible for affordable housing. When the building is nearing completion, C&C will post more details on how people can apply to live there.
William Gilbert Grace (1848-1915) was one of the greatest cricketers of all time. He played first class cricket for a record 44 seasons, during which he was captain of England, Gloucestershire and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).