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Plaistow apartments named after war hero

Published date : 6 December 2011

Affordable housing provider Guinness South has honoured a Newham-born First World War hero by naming a new block of Plaistow apartments 'George Drewry Court'.

Built with over £1m investment support from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), George Drewry Court is a block of eight new-build apartments for general needs rent in London Road, Plaistow. The block contains eight stylish apartments, ranging from a one-bed to a four-bed, and is complemented by two new apartments built in the adjacent Stock Street.

Lieutenant Michael Spencer of the Royal Naval Reserve said:

“Aged just 20, for acts of bravery under extreme conditions during the Gallipoli landings in April 1915, Royal Naval Reservist George Drewry was awarded Britain’s highest military honour for bravery, the Victoria Cross. The achievements of Lieutenant George Drewry RNR are an inspiration to those of us serving in the Royal Naval Reserve today and it is an honour to follow in his footsteps.”

Mary Hannington, Head of Development at Guinness South, said:

“Guinness was pleased to work with the London Borough of Newham to provide homes to meet local housing need.  The development includes electric entrance gates for added security and a dedicated children’s play area.  One of our strategic objectives is building great homes and we’re delighted that these apartments boast exhaust air heat pumps and a living roof, meaning they will have low running costs and are environmentally friendly.”

Fiona Duncan, Head of Area at the HCA, said:

“Our £1.26m funding has enabled the delivery of family-sized homes in support of Newham’s housing priorities. Naming these high-quality apartments after a WW1 hero who was born in the borough is a fitting tribute and I’m sure the residents will feel proud of the association with George Drewry.”

The official opening ceremony, held on 15 November 2011, was performed by Councillor Sheila Thomas and attended by members of The Royal Naval Reserve and local residents.  Guests celebrated the opening of the development with some traditional British fayre in honour of the war-time hero.

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