Catalyst starts work on 990-home regeneration of London estate

The Verdean on Acton's Friary Park estate is set to deliver around 990 homes, of which 45% will be genuinely affordable.
A CGI of The Verdean in Acton, Ealing once it has been completed. Credit: Catalyst

The London housing association Catalyst has started enabling works on a joint venture regeneration scheme in West London.

Catalyst is working with property developer Mount Anvil to redevelop the Friary Park estate in Acton, Ealing, a few minutes walk from the Acton Main Line Crossrail station.

The new mixed-tenure development, called The Verdean, is set to deliver around 990 tenure-blind homes, of which 45% will be genuinely affordable.

Alongside the new homes the project will also create new commercial units, landscaped green spaces, children’s play areas including a new multi-use games area, and an improved community facility.

Phil Jenkins, group development director at Catalyst, said: “I’m delighted that our partnership team have been able to start enabling works on site and overcome the ongoing challenges brought about by the pandemic.

“Starting work on the regeneration of Friary Park marks a milestone in developing a significant number of new homes for families in Ealing.”

The start on site at Friary Park comes after Ealing Council granted permission for the scheme in 2019 and a section 106 agreement was reached late last year.

Residents have helped to shape the final designs of the Verdean, which aims to make the Friary Park estate safer and better connected. Friary Park’s current residents have been involved in consultations on the scheme since 2014.

All existing Catalyst tenants on the Friary Park estate have been offered the option of being rehoused in the new development should they wish to.

Marcus Bate, investment director at Mount Anvil, added: “This is a very exciting time for all residents and our partnership team involved in the transformation of the Friary Park estate. We’re taking a big step forward on the path to creating outstanding new affordable and private homes in Acton and truly sustainable green spaces for the local community to enjoy.

“This has all been made possible through close collaboration with the existing residents and the dedication of our construction team to create a safe working environment during the pandemic.”

Cllr Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “I am delighted that work can begin on the regeneration of Friary Park. This development will deliver a new neighbourhood in Acton, jobs and apprenticeships for local people during its construction and help us reach our target of delivering 2,500 genuinely affordable homes by April 2022.

“The past year has shown us just how important good quality housing, accessible green spaces and strong communities are, so I look forward to seeing this exciting new neighbourhood completed.”

Catalyst is one of the largest housing associations in London and the South East, managing over 34,000 homes. It is a member of the G15 group of London’s largest housing associations.

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