Award winning Page Road regeneration opens as resident celebrates NVQ.

The award winning 10 year regeneration of Page Road and Lewin Terrace in Hounslow was formally opened this week at a ceremony on the estate. The £42.5 million project by Catalyst Housing Group in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow and constructors Willmott Dixon delivered 320 new mixed tenure homes and won best regeneration in the 2009 National Affordable Housing Awards.

All residents who wished to remain on the estate were provided with new homes that they had helped to design. For one resident it was a particularly special ceremony as he received the NVQ he’d trained for working as an apprentice on the site.

At the ceremony, residents, community groups and representatives of London Borough of Hounslow, Catalyst Housing Group and Willmott Dixon and scheme designers marked the occasion with the release of 150 balloons and the unveiling of a new bench by the Mayor of Hounslow.

Page Road Resident’s Association Chair Pauline Rosser commented:

“I was actively involved in the residents’ action group and wanted to make sure what Catalyst promised, the delivered, and they have. It’s great to be able to celebrate a fantastic new beginning for a place that so many of us call home.”

Michael Tyler, a resident of Page Road, was taken on as an apprentice carpenter by Willmott Dixon and his work helped construct the new estate in which he lives. The training, including time spent in college, culminated in the NVQ qualification celebrated at the event. His apprenticeship is continuing, and he is now working on other regenerations for Willmott Dixon and Catalyst including the award nominated South Acton estate regeneration.

Children from the community were entertained with face painting and magic show, whilst there was a line dance display performed by the Catalyst Older Tenants Forum.

Councillor Colin Ellar, Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow said:

“This regeneration has transformed a tired, barren estate into vibrant new community with more than 320 homes including houses with gardens, balconies and roof terraces.

“This has been a real team effort, with residents involved from the very beginning of the process, and Hounslow Homes, Catalyst, Willmott Dixon and the council working together to make this regeneration a success”

Rod Cahill, Chief Executive of Catalyst Housing Group said:

“After 10 years of hard work, Catalyst, Willmott Dixon and residents have built a community we can all be proud of. I’m particularly pleased that a resident from the estate was able to help build his new community, and work towards a really valuable qualification. Our new charitable arm, Catalyst Gateway, has set up an accredited pre apprenticeship programme to support young people in gaining the necessary skills to access apprenticeships like these.”

Tim Carpenter, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Housing showed his gratitude by presenting gifts to individuals that had played an important role in the completion of the scheme. Tim commented:

“We look forward to continuing the successful partnership we have built with Catalyst Housing Group and hope to be able to deliver future schemes together with a similar positive impact to an area and the people that live there”

Funding for the affordable housing element of the scheme has been provided by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Peter Fletcher, Area Manager for north west London said; “We’ve invested almost £11 million to ensure Page Road delivers the right mix of homes, including a high proportion of affordable properties. One of the most outstanding aspects of this regeneration project has been the extent to which local residents have been involved and it’s to the credit of everyone involved that the brand new development has been completed a full year ahead of schedule.”