First phase complete on major London estate regeneration

First phase complete on major London estate regeneration

Catalyst has completed the first phase of the regeneration of the Havelock estate in Southall, Ealing.

The project’s first phase, developed in partnership with Ealing Council, saw 291 new homes built, with over 55% available new homes for social rent, London Affordable Rent, shared ownership and a fixed-equity product designed for leaseholders and freeholders living on the original estate. The project’s new market-sale homes have also proved popular with all now fully reserved.

As well as the new homes, the project has seen a complete revamp of over 6,000m2 of the neighbourhood’s public realm, including a brand-new children’s playpark and significant investment into the nearby canal-side path next to the adjacent Grand Union Canal. Catalyst have also delivered a series of community development programmes, from community fun-days and summer activities for the neighbourhood to training and employment opportunities and support for people to live healthier lifestyles.

Philip Jenkins, Group Development Director at Catalyst said: “We are extremely proud of what we’ve achieved so far at Havelock. Our teams have done an immense amount of work to not only deliver excellent, high quality new homes, but also to support Havelock residents moving into their new homes and provide a huge range of initiatives to support the local community. Estate regeneration is a challenging process, but we have been determined to improve the quality of life in the neighbourhood as well as deliver new homes people love.”

Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council commented: “The redevelopment of Havelock Estate has been part of the council’s £1.2bn regeneration programme of nine key estates across Ealing over an 18-year period.

“I am really impressed with the transformation of the estate and what Catalyst and Ealing Council have achieved by working together. This has created a better neighbourhood feel by incorporating the Grand Union Canal into the scheme and linking the estate to the natural habitat and green spaces.

“I’m delighted that the completion of this phase also means that more socially affordable housing will be available to local tenants and residents.”

Rob Bradley, CEO of Bouygues UK, the construction company which delivered the first phase, said: “Delivering much-needed high quality homes and helping to regenerate local communities in collaboration with our clients is a core part of our business and we are very proud of the residential scheme and surrounding public spaces that we have completed at Havelock. This first phase is a great addition to our track record of regeneration schemes in London boroughs.”

Ealing and Catalyst are currently reviewing the remaining phases of the project in response to changes in the housing market, construction costs, and regional and national planning policy. This will help the pair to fulfil their commitment to improve the lives of Havelock residents by building new homes, improving the public spaces and supporting the local community.

Catalyst also recently completed their Toplocks scheme, a 100% social rent scheme adjacent to the first phase of Havelock on an abandoned depot site. The new 26-home community was handed over in March this year, with new residents moving in just prior to lockdown.

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