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Parliamentary candidate for Brent Central visits former industrial site being regenerated into much needed new homes

Labour candidate, Dawn Butler, today visited a new housing development in Brent Central that is protected by NHBC's 10 year Buildmark warranty. The collection of contemporary apartments is part of an ambitious regeneration programme for the local area, bringing former industrial land and commercial space back into use with 137 much needed homes for the Greater London area.

Dawn Butler

Ms Butler, who is contesting the seat of Brent Central in the upcoming General Election, met with representatives from NHBC and the developers, Bellway, at their First Central development in Park Royal. The area used to be the largest industrial estate in Europe and as a result of its historic location, benefits from great transport links into London with the Central Line and Piccadilly line being close by.The site of a former Guinness distillery factory, First Central is now seeing positive transformation into a modern development of energy efficient apartments.

The event was organised by NHBC, the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, to highlight its risk management processes and to show the parliamentary candidate a prime example of energy efficient homes that meet current building regulations.

Commenting on the visit, Ms Butler said: "This was a very useful visit to a site being regenerated into much needed new housing for Brent. It is also important that the buildings being built here are sustainable and suitable for modern day living. I was particularly impressed with the solar paneling and green roofs."

Michelle Harris, Sales Director of Bellway Homes (North London) said: "First Central is an exciting development that is not only providing high quality new housing for Brent, it is also part of an exciting mixed use community in a well-connected location, breathing new life into former industrial land. We welcomed the NHBC's invitation for Dawn Butler to visit the site and the opportunity to highlight the benefits of modern, efficient accommodation."

Ólöf Jónsdóttir, NHBC's Public Affairs Manager said: "NHBC registered 145,174 new homes for development in 2014 across the UK, up 9% on 2013, with research showing that 245,000 homes are needed every year to meet demand. As supply grows to meet this need, it is vital that we continue to deliver on standards, and NHBC will work with the industry and Parliamentarians to ensure that the build quality of new homes in the UK remains high."

Keith Evans, NHBC's Inspection Manager for the South East, said: "The number of homes registered with NHBC in Brent Central has dramatically increased over the last few years and we are delighted to see this community grow with the transformation of this former industrial site. NHBC has worked to raise standards in house-building, and we are delighted to be able to show Dawn Butler first-hand how we are helping builders to construct high quality new homes in Brent Central."

Launched in February 2014, First Central apartments comprises of one, two and three-bedroom homes. With an energy centre on site, First Central boasts a high level of sustainability. Furthermore, residents will be able to enjoy a healthy lifestyle walking along landscaped grounds and benefit from a residents' gym. Plenty of green space surrounds the development, including the River Brent and Grand Union Canal, offering ideal paths for jogging and cycling. Prices range from £275,000 to £435,000, and residents are expected to begin moving in from June this year.

NHBC Media Contacts

Nadia Bedra | Assistant Media & Communications Officer | 01908 746 734
Karen Renshaw | Government and Policy Affairs Adviser | 0207 648 4051

News Date: 25/03/15