Ebony Court, Brent

Ebony Court is designed to be environmentally friendly and includes solar panels, high levels of building insulation, energy-efficient appliances and features to reduce water consumption.

Ebony Court in the London Borough of Brent was designed to be environmentally friendly and meet the Code for Sustainable Homes level 3.

Some of the features that made the new homes green were:

  • solar panels
  • secure cycle stores
  • high levels of building insulation
  • energy-efficient appliances
  • fixtures that reduce water consumption
  • retention of existing trees
  • recycling facilities for new residents.

We purchased Ebony Court in 2009 when it consisted of ten unused bedsits in very poor condition. The planning permission granted by the local authority enabled the transformation of the site into 27 new affordable homes. During the construction, Catalyst worked in partnership with Higgins Construction, West London College and Brent into Work to offer an apprenticeship to a young Brent resident.

In May 2011 the project won the Higgins Project of the Year award for ‘best new build scheme’.

Funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, this development provided 17 homes at affordable rent and 10 apartments for first-time buyers. The scheme was completed in the summer of 2010.