Bullet point briefing: the latest regeneration news from Havelock

In the past months:

  • All residents scheduled to move into Phase 1b have now moved into their new homes.
  • Bouygues UK have been continuing works on Hillary Road and Bison Drive to finish laying the final layer of tarmac, and have begun final road surfacing works to the new Lockwood Road and Isambard Road.
  • A terrace of 13 private houses in Phase 1b will soon be handed over from Bouygues to Catalyst.
  • Work is also progressing well on the brickwork of the last six houses due to handover in June 2020.
  • The Good Neighbours held another successful Afternoon Tea on 2 October. This was a special version of the event, with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Research. They managed to raise over £40 for the charity.
  • The Good Neighbours also hosted their Annual General Meeting on 9 October, which 16 residents attended. The Committee reported they had successfully applied to the Catalyst Housing Charitable Trust for £500 to support community activities this year, including a Christmas event and summer trip.
  • 60 year five pupils from Havelock Primary School visit the Havelock estate 8 October on an externally arranged tour. The children went on a construction tour of our site, and visited our sales and marketing suite.
  • In partnership with Westplay, we hosted a Play Day on Havelock on Saturday 19 October. Since the play days began in August, the project has engaged over 50 children/young people and 20 adults. The children who attended on Saturday took part in den building, a scavenger hunt, giant bubble blowing, toasting marshmallows and making slime.
  • In partnership with A2 Dominion, we hosted a programme of half-term activities on Havelock this October, funded with a grant from Lets Go Southall. As part of this we held a spooky Halloween themed children’s craft event on 23 October at the Havelock Community Shop, attended by 4 children, 3 adults and helped by 5 Good Neighbours volunteers.
  • Catalyst and ENGIE delivered a free ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ training course for residents on 17 October. The course lasted one day, and participants sat a written test at the end. Two Havelock residents attended the course, and received a certificate in Emergency First Aid that is valid for three years.

In the next month:

  • Works to the play area in Phase 1a are ongoing, with handover dates to be agreed imminently.
  • Bouygues are due to hand over 15 private sale houses to Catalyst in November.
  • Ann-Marie and Mary, our Regeneration and Rehousing Coordinators for Havelock, are now focusing on settling in visits and handyman visits for residents who’ve moved into Phase 1b.
  • Paul, a Catalyst resident, will begin a two-week work placement with Brendan Flynn carpenters on the Havelock site on 28 October.
  • Neda Haghshenas (Apprenticeship & Skills Coordinator) has recruited colleagues from across Catalyst to volunteer as Business Ambassadors at Featherstone High. She is currently working with Dormers Wells on their 2020 careers plan.
  • As part of this, Bruno Bridge (Head of Property Performance & Compliance) is giving a careers talk to Year 9 Featherstone High School students on 7 November. Judith Foss (Executive Director of People & Culture) and Lottie Borrowman (Executive Assistant) will be giving a talk to Year 8 pupils in the New Year.
  • We have careers advice and employment support available every Wednesday. Contact Neda 07815 633 129 or Jay 07800 509288.
  • The next Afternoon Tea will be held on Wednesday 6 November at the Havelock Community Shop.