The Greater London Authority has awarded Greenwich £1.6 million in funding to build 30 more new homes for over-60s across the borough.

The borough has completed 68 new homes with Local Authority New Build funding over the last three years which include a mixture of family sized houses, bungalows for over-60s and a small block of flats.

The new homes will be one and two bedroom flats and are estimated to be completed in 2016.

These will add to the two developments that are currently onsite, one of which is Mabel Polley House, a former sheltered accommodation unit for elderly people in Woolwich. This is being transformed into 37 one and two-bed flats for over-60s and is due for completion in September 2015.

The other will convert eight unused or under-used garage sites into 29 flats and bungalows for over-60s and six flats for young disabled adults making the transition to independent living. These will be ready to be move into in spring 2015.

Greenwich’s designers for bungalow sites, Bell Phillips Architects, have recently won the Housing our Aged Population: Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) award for their design.

Councillor Chris Kirby, the Royal Borough of Greenwich Cabinet Member for Housing said: “Royal Greenwich is pleased to be able to continue its house building programme, providing well designed, modern homes of high quality for our older residents and those with disabilities.”