Mending the Ladder


This Friday, Catalyst will host a breakfast panel debate with a range of experts from across the industry to discuss potential solutions to the growing housing crisis in London and the South East. The event is inspired Catalyst’s own research into affordability research, launched this summer, called ‘Mending the Ladder’.

Joining Tom Titherington – Executive Director of Property & Growth at Catalyst on the day will be James Murray – Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development. Also on the panel will be Alison Brooks – Founder of Alison Brooks Architects, Cllr Claire Coghill – Leader of Waltham Forest Council and Elliott Lipton – Managing Director of First Base.

Anne Markey, Co-Founding Director of Phelan Architects and a member of the Catalyst Board will chair the debate.

Catalyst’s research into the affordability crisis

Catalyst has conducted extensive affordability research into 500,000 households living in private rented accommodation across London and the South East. The data we have collected demonstrates the depth of the housing crisis. It extends beyond first time buyers and those on the lowest incomes to a significant proportion of people in private rented accommodation.

We have used the research to propose new tenures that could help to meet gaps in the current housing market; new rungs to fix the broken housing ladder. As a housing association in operation for over 80 years, we feel this is part of our fundamental social purpose.

If you would like a copy of the report or to discuss our analysis in more detail, we would be more than happy to prepare a custom report for you based on our data and I would be keen to meet to discuss how Catalyst could work with you to deliver new housing. You can read an executive summary here.

If you have any questions about the research then please contact to the New Product Development Team at or call 0300 456 2099.