10 Oct 2017

Twenty-eight new homes celebrated in Oxford

Howard Toplis presents a plaque to Eleanor's daughters
  • Howard and Eleanor's daughter Lisa officially open Eleanor House
  • Residents, GreenSquare staff and Eleanor's family celebrate the opening of 28 apartments
  • Northway Community Centre next to Eleanor House
  • Houses in progress at Dora Carr Close

GreenSquare celebrated the completion of 28 new contemporary apartments in Northway, Oxford yesterday (9 October), with an event for residents and staff involved with the project. 

The development, known as Eleanor House, comprises apartments for sale, shared ownership and social rent in Northway, Oxford, and forms part of GreenSquare’s wider project to bring 108 new homes to the city.

Rachel Steers has recently moved into one of the two-bedroom apartments for rent with her son George. She said: “Before moving here in July, I was living with my father, so this is the first time I’ve had a home of my own. I’m really enjoying having my own space now and I feel very lucky to have such a lovely new apartment. I’ve loved living here so far and George likes it too.”  

Designed by award-winning architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the building was named in memory of Eleanor Thompson, a former GreenSquare board member, who sadly passed away in October 2014. Eleanor dedicated her time to working with charitable housing organisations in Oxfordshire. Eleanor’s daughters attended the opening event, and helped to declare the development officially open. 

Eleanor’s daughter, Eve Burke, said: “I’d like to say thank you to everyone at GreenSquare for remembering our mum in this way. We are honoured and delighted. We hope that everyone living at Eleanor House will be as happy as our mum was in her GreenSquare home.”

Eleanor House forms part of a wider project, which will see GreenSquare build 108 homes across Oxford. It has recently completed 40 apartments at Barns Road in Cowley, and work is currently underway on 21 one and two bedroom flats for affordable rent, at Westlands Drive in Northway. A second phase of building work will also see an additional 19 three and four bedroom houses built at Dora Carr Close. 

Howard Toplis, GreenSquare’s chief executive, said: "Here at GreenSquare, we pride ourselves on creating great places where people want to live and Eleanor House is no exception. 

“There is no doubt that the country is in the midst of a housing crisis, with an affordable home still out of reach for many. Oxford in particular has notably expensive house prices – in fact the average house price in the city is now 16 times more than the average income – so we are pleased to be able to offer a variety of housing options, including affordable homes, here in Northway and elsewhere in the city.” 

Also at Dora Carr Close, GreenSquare has recently finished Northway Community Centre – a new and exciting community venue that has rooms available to hire for a wide variety of activities, events and classes. Click here to find out more.