Bullet point briefing: the latest regeneration news from Havelock
As 2017 draws to a close, let’s look back at some of the highlights and key milestones in the regeneration of Havelock:
- Moves into Phase 1a were completed in 2017. Phase 1a has delivered 98 new homes, of which 61 are affordable. Many residents have told us they’re enjoying their new homes and really feeling the difference.
- Our Rehousing team has provided continual support to Havelock residents, working especially closely with those who moved into Phase 1a, and those who have the option to move into Phase 1b.
- Catalyst have been working with local organisations and the community to make the towpath cleaner, safer and more accessible. Among our partners in this work are Canal & River Trust, Groundwork London, Ealing Council, Belvue School and Southall Transition. The work has included landscaping, litter picking, cutting back vegetation, and planting new stretches of native hedgerow, as well as installing temporary public art.
- In the early part of the year, Catalyst Gateway worked with Ealing Council to deliver a series of workshops for local schools, focusing on how to combat littering and flytipping in the area. The workshops ended with a poster competition, with the winning entries being displayed on local waste collection trucks and hoardings.
- Phase 1b began to come out of the ground in the spring, and is on target, with some buildings scheduled to be completed in the latter part of 2018.
- Catalyst Gateway held a very popular Youth Consultation event at Havelock in April, to provide taster sessions and talk to young people about services they’d like us to provide. We registered over 100 young people aged 7-25, who gave us some great feedback on what they’d like to do and the things they’d like support with.
- Goldfinger Factory refitted the Catalyst office on Hunt Road over the summer. They gave the space a fresh new look and made it more flexible, with a breakout area, a private office for appointments, and lockable storage and shelving.
- In July, Catalyst and Bouygues UK won the West London College’s Apprenticeship Provider of the Year Award for the apprenticeship programme on Havelock. Five apprentices worked with Bouygues UK on Phase 1a, and four more joined to work on Phase 1b. Apprenticeships have included plumbing, carpentry, electrical work, tape and join, document control, and interior decorating.
- The Catalyst Gateway Summer Programme, already popular in Brent, was rolled out for the first time this year on three sites across West London, including Havelock. Offering a variety of activities every weekday of the month, the programme finished with a Carnival-style celebration on 24 August, to which over 200 children came along. The event featured a live band from Anguilla, a football tournament, a barbecue, and a visit from the local MP, Dr Rupa Huq.
- Residents who will have the option to move into Bowline House, the dedicated building for over 55s, chose their preferred plots in October. Allocations have been made based on their preferences, medical needs and tenancy start date on Havelock. Each household also chose from three kitchen packages, three carpets, three types of bathroom flooring, and two wall colours.
- A group of Havelock residents have secured funding from the Heart Research Foundation to run a Slimming Club in the neighbourhood. Run in collaboration with the local GP, the project aims to support participants to manage their body weight and reduce the risk of heart disease through healthy eating, cooking and activitiesCatalyst Gateway have run and supported a range of community initiatives throughout the year. These included afternoon teas, healthy living workshops from One You Ealing, digital training, a 12-week business start-up course with Enterprise CUBE, ESOL classes, and music production workshops.
- Catalyst organised Winter by the Water, a canalside winter fair, at Havelock on 1 December. The day included craft workshops on a canal boat, festive refreshments, a music production bus, and stalls from local craftspeople. It was held in partnership with Ealing Council, Bouygues UK, and Canal & River Trust, and involved a wide range of local organisations.