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Havelock Regeneration Phase 1A: Before and After

Catalyst have worked with two residents of Havelock to produce a short film about their move into the first completed phase of the Havelock regeneration. This is the first in a series of films we plan to make about Havelock throughout the regeneration project. As well as exploring all the positive changes that the regeneration  More »

Grenfell Tower: six months on

Six months since the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower, our thoughts remain with the people, families and communities affected by the tragedy. We have the greatest admiration for the way the local community pulled together to coordinate vital support. Following the fire, we began a thorough review of our own properties to be certain we’ve  More »

Catalyst appoints architects for Phase 3 of major regeneration

Catalyst has appointed Conran + Partners as the architects for Phase 3 of Portobello Square, the major regeneration scheme of its Wornington Green estate. The architectural practice won a bidding process where they presented proposals to Catalyst’s development team and the Wornington Green Residents’ Steering Group. The quality of the design work impressed the panel,  More »

Catalyst wins big at Ealing Apprenticeship Network Awards

Catalyst won two awards at the Ealing Apprenticeship Network awards, picking up the ‘Large Employer of the Year’ Award and Catalyst Gateway apprentice Narmeen Tahir won ‘Apprentice of the Year’. The Ealing Apprenticeship Network Awards is organised by Ealing Council and celebrates the apprentices, employers and training providers that operate in the borough. Catalyst has  More »

Mending the Ladder

This Friday, Catalyst will host a breakfast panel debate with a range of experts from across the industry to discuss potential solutions to the growing housing crisis in London and the South East. The event is inspired Catalyst’s own research into affordability research, launched this summer, called ‘Mending the Ladder’. Joining Tom Titherington – Executive  More »

Catalyst bond issue secures £250m

Catalyst issued a 30-year bond and raised £250m at 130 basis points over the gilt and a coupon of 3.125%. This is the third lowest coupon ever achieved by a housing association for a tenor of 30 years or longer, an excellent result for a debut issuer. The bonds will mature in October 2047, and  More »

‘A+’ credit rating recognises Catalyst’s financial strength

Catalyst has been given an ‘A+’ (negative outlook) credit rating by the international credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s (S&P). The rating report emphasised Catalyst’s high quality asset base, low leverage and ample interest cover as a rating strength alongside Catalyst’s strong and experienced management team. Rachael Dennis, Chief Operating Officer at Catalyst, said: “I  More »

Carbon emissions cut by 22%

We cut our carbon emissions by 22% for office and operations during 2016/17, as part of our ambitious sustainability targets. This has saved 100 tonnes of C02e (carbon emissions and other greenhouse gas emissions combined). Some of the measures we used to reduce our emissions included reducing the amount of diesel use by our maintenance  More »

Planning granted for 61 new affordable homes in Dunstable

Catalyst has been granted planning permission for 61 new affordable homes at Brewers Hill Road, Dunstable. The 100% affordable scheme, a first for Catalyst in the town, will comprise of 43 homes for shared ownership and 18 for affordable rent. The homes will be made up of 38 two, three and four bedroom houses and  More »

Catalyst keeps community together on North Kensington regeneration

Lettings are now complete on the first phase of Catalyst’s major regeneration of its estate in North Kensington, Wornington Green. The housing association has worked hard to honour its commitment to keep the existing community together over the course of the regeneration. At the very start of the regeneration, Catalyst committed to guaranteeing a new  More »