The development, in the heart of Watford, includes 45 homes for rent allocated to people in housing need nominated by Watford Borough Council and 36 shared ownership (part rent, part buy) flats across three apartment blocks surrounding a central courtyard. The names of the apartment blocks – Sonar House, Seaborne House and Compass House - reflect the site's history as a place where naval and marine applications were produced.

The homes were built on brownfield land, previously occupied by Whippendell Electrical Manufacturing Company for over 100 years. The development was constructed by Ridgepoint Homes with whom Hightown agreed a package deal for both land and construction. Grant funding was provided by Homes England.

Residents benefit from local amenities and Watford Hospital and train station are nearby.

Jon's story

Jon, Hightown's 8,000th resident, was homeless before he moved into his flat at Whippendell Marine in Watford. Find out more about his story in this short video.