We’re partnering with Sutton Women’s Centre to improve town centre safety

June 6th, 2024

Our new partnership with local charity Sutton Women’s Centre will help make Sutton town centre a safer place to live and work, following our recent acquisition of Quadrant House for a BTR scheme.

Quadrant House, a 200,000 sq ft office building directly opposite Sutton train station, will be transformed into a highly sustainable Build to Rent and Co-living project providing c.500 new rental homes, with 35% affordable homes and 25% designed to accommodate families.

We’re delighted to announce that Sutton Women’s Centre will be key advisors for the project, focusing on tackling antisocial behaviour, the installation of new public art and the creation of a new public realm where local residents can feel safe and secure.

Following early consultation work with the charity, and in collaboration with Network Rail and Sutton Highways Department, we have already committed to significantly improving the journey of pedestrians moving between the secondary train station access point, Quadrant House and Brighton Road. The plans will see the space opened up with improved visibility and CCTV coverage along with new paving and street lighting.

We will also sponsor Sutton Women’s Centre for a 3-year period, helping develop the ‘Building a Safer Sutton’ campaign, which will provide training, education and raise awareness of safety for women throughout the borough.

Abigail Heraty, Development Manager at Amro Partners, said: “We intend for the redevelopment of Quadrant House to be a catalyst for significant and lasting improvements to the surrounding public realm, improving the safety of people using the area around the train station and in particular women walking home. We value the insight and expertise provided by Sutton Women’s Centre and look forward to working closely with them to make these plans a reality.”

Heather Smiles, Counselling and Outreach Lead at Sutton Women’s Centre, said: “We are delighted to be working with Amro to improve the safety of women and girls in Sutton through education, training and making physical changes to our environment. We were delighted to attend Amro’s recent workshop where we consulted on their vision for Quadrant House and after listening to our opinions, plans are underway to transform an alleyway that felt unsafe for women into an attractive route connecting the development with the station.”

The development will be one of Europe’s most sustainable residential buildings on completion in 2027. Taking a retrofit first approach, c.56% of the existing office building structure will be retained, delivering significant carbon savings.

Co-working spaces will be available to all local people via a membership scheme, in addition to a brand new community hub.

A planning application will be submitted this summer, with construction expected to commence in Q2 2025.