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Kensington & Chelsea Council in the UK has selected construction firm Willmott Dixon to deliver two housing schemes, which together worth approximately $36.7m (£26m).

Under the largest contract, valued at $24.1m (£17.1m), Willmott Dixon will build a complex of 37 homes above ground floor commercial accommodation at Kensal Road.

The five-storey building is planned to be completed in the autumn of 2022.

Willmott Dixon said that the building would benefit from shared garden space and a podium deck with a large, landscaped terrace.

The other contract involves the delivery of 20 additional homes at Hewer Street, with an investment of $12m (£8.5m). It is slated for completion in winter 2022/23.

Kensington & Chelsea Council deputy leader Kim Taylor-Smith said: “Seeing the first spades in the ground at these sites is an exciting moment in our mission to provide much-needed good-quality homes across our borough, including at least 300 at social rent.

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“There’s no single, simple solution to London’s housing crisis and that’s why we have committed to reduce the number of empty homes, push developers to provide more social housing and develop a policy to provide affordable housing for key workers.”

These schemes are part of the council’s ambitious New Homes Delivery Programme, which will see the construction of 600 new homes including a minimum of 300 social rent homes.

Willmott Dixon London & South region managing director Roger Forsdyke said: “We are delighted to be working with Kensington & Chelsea Council on their bold New Homes Delivery Programme, creating much-needed homes for local residents and providing a minimum of the half for social rent.”

Willmott Dixon said it is also working to deliver a £46m mixed-use development at 300 Harrow Road for Westminster as well as new homes in Barking for urban regeneration firm Be-First.