A South Acton carnival as estate celebrates regeneration

No April shower could dampen the celebration as residents, councillors, and staff from Catalyst Housing and Willmott Dixon came together Thursday afternoon to celebrate the end of the latest phase of the Award Winning South Acton estate regeneration.

The regeneration is transforming a tired post-war estate into a place where people actively want to live, rather than being a destination of last resort. The £45m Phase 2 of the regeneration replaced four dated residential blocks and garages with 254 brand new affordable homes, including 96 shared ownership properties.

The estate – famously filmed as the fictional home of the Trotters in Only Fools and Horses, is being revitalised as part of a 15 year commitment to the area by Ealing Council. Catalyst Housing Group is carrying out the first two phases of this regeneration project. Phase 2 won many prestigious awards including the best Urban Regeneration award at the 2011 First Time Buyers Magazine awards as well as an Affordable Home Ownership award.

The Sanjenbam Family, who were the first to move into the shared ownership properties who received a special presentation at the party said their new flat was ‘amazing’

Sonja Sanjenbam said: ‘It’s big and really spacious. You wouldn’t expect to be able to afford a flat in London as big as these. We queued up at 6 in the morning on the day the flats were launched to make sure we were able to reserve one.’

Chief executive of Catalyst Housing Rod Cahill spoke at the ceremony, saying:

“South Acton is incredibly dear to me. Between us, the council, residents, Willmott Dixon and PRP architects we’ve created something really special. We’ve shown you can build apartment blocks and create a really nice place to live around them. That’s the thing that every time I come here really hits me, it’s the feel of a really good place to live which clearly people value. That is the real contrast between what has gone before. We are truly proud to be a part of this and to help change this part of South Acton.”