Catalyst is beginning the construction of 26 new homes for social rent on a vacant site in Southall, West London, with Bouygues UK as principal contractors. The site is adjacent to the Havelock estate, which Catalyst is regenerating in partnership with Ealing Council.
The site, currently Toplocks Depot, will provide a vital link between existing neighbourhoods, with improved access roads and provision for parking. Catalyst is also delivering a footbridge over the adjacent dock, creating a new pedestrian and cycle link to the Havelock estate. The new bridge supports the Mayor of London’s goals to improve access to nearby green space.
Designed by Conran + Partners, the scheme (artist’s impression shown above) will protect and enhance the area’s biodiversity and green space. It will include new landscaping, green roofs on a number of the new homes and a central green with a play space. Catalyst has also committed to planting an orchard in the nearby Glade Lane Canalside Park.
Tom Titherington, Executive Director of Property & Growth at Catalyst said: “As well as creating exceptional new social rented homes in Southall, this scheme will complement our ongoing regeneration of the Havelock estate. We’re committed to delivering real positive change in this area, and we’re very pleased to be increasing our presence here and providing an uplift in the number of homes for social rent.”
Victoria Whenray, Director at Conran + Partners, said ‘Working closely with Catalyst, we have developed a proposal which unlocks a site for much-needed new and affordable homes in London. The proposal complements and draws on the existing context — in this case a wonderful mix of industry, canal and natural habitat — to create new homes, green space and connections that will make a valuable contribution to the neighbourhood overall.’