Government acquires 68 flats for Grenfell Tower victims

The Government has acquired 68 homes in a luxury residential development in south Kensington to rehouse some of the residents affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid announced all homes, a mix of one, two and three bedroom flats across two blocks, are “newly-built social housing” part of the Kensington Row scheme and will likely become permanent homes for some the displaced residents.

Javid said: “Our priority is to get everyone who has lost their home permanently rehoused locally as soon as possible, so that they can begin to rebuild their lives.”

Kensington Row, part of the £2bn Warwick Road masterplan, is developed by St Edward (part of Berkeley Group) and features a 24-hour concierge, a leisure suite, a private cinema and gardens, while apartments on sale start at £1.5m.

The developer has committed extra staff to complete the social housing flats by the end of July, while the Government-imposed working-hour restrictions have been relaxed to fast-track the completion.

The government has also provided additional funding to fit out the flats and promised each home will be fully furnished and completed “to a high specification”.