Bullet point briefing: the latest regeneration news from Havelock
In the past months:
- Leeward and Bowline Houses were handed over in March, and residents began moving in on 15 April.
- Bouygues began interior decoration in the terraced houses.
- We closed Hilary Road temporarily to allow us to build storm diversion and foundations for the last 6 terraced houses in Phase 1b.
- We wrote to all Havelock residents letting them know that there will be a delay to future phases of the regeneration while we review the plans. This is due to the increased housebuilding target for Ealing in the Draft London Plan; Ealing Council’s own pledge to deliver 2,500 new genuinely affordable homes for its residents by 2022; and changes in build costs and the housing market. We will keep residents updated as the review progresses, and ensure they have the chance to see and comment on any changes that are needed.
- We’ve been working with Alison Crawshaw architects, Ealing Council and the GLA to put together a proposal for meanwhile uses for some of the disused undercroft car park spaces on Havelock. On 16 April, we submitted the resulting feasibility report to the GLA, giving five detailed proposals for meanwhile uses.
- We held an Easter Activity Programme from 8 to 16 April, in partnership with A2Dominion. 46 children registered for 4 days of activities, including football, dance, kayaking, a movie, and indoor games. 30 crates of fresh fruit and vegetables were given out courtesy of Felix Project.
- Catalyst held a stall at West London Job Fair in partnership with A2Dominion on 10th April to promote construction related opportunities for local people. We had over 300 visitors.
- Hyperoptic has installed cables to provide fibre broadband to the flats in Phase 1a of Havelock. Residents can choose between 30Mb, 150Mb and 1Gb (1,000Mb) full fibre broadband services, and receive their first three months free on a 12 month contract.
- Ellie Parminter and Muhammed Shingdi (two Catalyst employees who began their career with us as apprentices) gave a careers talk to 540 Year Eight and Year Nine pupils at Featherstone High as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
- Digital drop-in sessions continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Havelock.
- Students from Belvue School continue to support environmental improvements at Havelock. In April, they painted and sold bird boxes at the Community Afternoon Tea.
- 10 Havelock residents benefitted from free First Aid Training delivered by Catalyst through Love London Working. This will help them to deliver community events in the future. A further 9 have completed accredited training in Level 2 Food Safety.
- 15 Catalyst Gateway staff took part in a corporate responsibility day to help clear litter and cut back vegetation along the canal towpath at Havelock, as part of Hedge@Havelock. Together, they collected 30 bags of litter over 90 volunteer hours.
In the next month:
- Moves will continue into Leeward and Bowline Houses. All residents who move in will have a settling-in visit from Catalyst staff afterwards to make sure they are comfortable in their new home.
- The first 11 terraced houses in Phase 1b will be ready for Catalyst to inspect before accepting handover.
- The next Community Afternoon Tea will take place on 5 June from 2:30-4:30, in the Havelock Community Shop or on the green outside.
- Three Havelock residents will attend a three day pre-employment programme for residents with ENGIE. The course offers accredited qualifications in Health & Safety and Asbestos Awareness, in addition to 1-day courses on a range of subjects, from Emergency First Aid and Fire Marshal training to Customer Service and Equality and Diversity.