Catalyst Housing selected to deliver £196m Havelock Regeneration

Catalyst Housing has been selected by Ealing Council to deliver the 904 home regeneration of the Havelock Estate in Southall. Catalyst along with partner Leadbitter Group will transform the estate, providing brand new homes for social rent and shared ownership as well 427 homes for outright sale through development arm Catalyst By Design.

The proposals, which include a £1m community regeneration fund with a £100,000 community chest to support community projects, reinforce Catalyst’s long term commitment to Southall and to building long lasting sustainable communities.

Catalyst and Leadbitter have brought on board architects PTE, who designed Catalyst’s award winning Page Road regeneration scheme in Hounslow.

Highlights of the plans for Havelock are:

  • 904 new homes, including 372 homes for existing tenants, 105 shared ownership and shared equity properties and 427 new homes for outright sale
  • Purpose built homes for older people that are well located, highly insulated and secure, and are designed to meet individual needs.
  • Improvements to the local area including new park areas, and landscaping along the canal to increase the amount of public open space.
  • A vibrant community ‘hub’ close to the canal, providing a community centre, shops and café which will benefit from passing trade.

Ealing Council’s cabinet unanimously approved the decision to select Catalyst. Lead member for housing, Hitesh Tailor said:

“I’m delighted with this decision, which is excellent news for Havelock residents and the Southall community.  Ealing’s commitment to homes for social rent goes beyond bricks and mortar. We listen carefully to residents aspirations for skills, training and fostering a real sense of community, which is why Catalysts commitment to community development has met with such high approval.  I look forward to seeing the Havelock Estate transformed into a more pleasant and safer place where people really want to live.”

Rod Cahill, chief executive of Catalyst Housing said:

“Catalyst has a long standing commitment to the Southall area stretching back over forty years, which has given us an immense knowledge and understanding of the local area.  Our proposals will be great for the people that live in the neighbourhood and will make a positive impact on the wider Southall area. Alongside the high quality new homes, our investment in employment and community initiatives will provide real jobs and training for local people. The new neighbourhood will become a vibrant and busy place and we can see this becoming a real destination in Ealing.

“We’re delighted that we’re being given the opportunity to make our vision for a better Havelock a reality.”

Bob Rendell, Leadbitter Group Chief Executive, said:

“Leadbitter is delighted to be supporting Ealing Council in the redevelopment of the Havelock Estate. Working in partnership with Catalyst we will be able to deliver not only much-needed, high-quality homes, but further benefit the people of Southall and the local community by offering training and employment opportunities. We are extremely excited to be working with Catalyst and Ealing Council in the creation of a fantastic new neighbourhood for the residents of Havelock.”