Award-winning redevelopment named 'Grace House' after resident competition


An award-winning 170-flat redevelopment in St Johns Wood for over-55s, co-designed by residents of the previous development, is to be called ‘Grace House’.

A naming competition held among residents of the now-demolished Dora House led to the new name, which resonates both with the local area’s connection to cricket but also with the rich heritage of C&C.

Grace House, which is set to open in 2022, triumphed in the “Best Social Housing” category for both London and the UK in the International Property Awards, winners of which were announced last week. The development will now be put forward for international recognition.

Barry Mitchell, 71, who lived at Dora House for five years and who provided the winning entry in the renaming competition, said:

“The name ‘Grace’ not only celebrates the House’s wonderful location practically opposite the Grace Gates at Lord’s - named after former England cricketer WG Grace – but in addition acknowledges C&C’s custom of using female names at a number of its sheltered housing schemes. Dora, Ada and Edna are just some past and present examples of this.”

Julia Ashley, Chief Executive of C&C, said:

“’Grace House’ is the perfect name for a new development that we are proud to be associated with. The building has ample grace and style about it and will play a strong part in creatively reimagining what affordable housing can look like for over-55s in London.”

Grace House will contain stylish and attractive flats of which 90% will be available as affordable housing. Some of the features of Grace House includes a state-of-the-art video security system, an underground car park, charging points for electric vehicles and mobility scooters, solar panels to help provide renewable energy, and Wi-fi throughout.

In addition, the site will include plenty of space for residents to relax and keep active thanks to a spacious communal lounge, several gardens (including a roof garden and a winter garden), a dedicated ‘activity zone’, a café and a salon. As part of its community support work, there will also be three respite and rehab units.

The name Grace House has been granted formal approval by Westminster City Council. Other names suggested include Thomas Lord House, Lodge House, and Regent Residence. Ex-residents have the right to return to Grace House upon its opening.

You can watch the latest timelapse video of the redevelopment on the C&C Youtube site.

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