Catalyst regeneration scheme wins major award

Catalyst’s regeneration of the Havelock Estate has won the Best Regeneration Project category in this year’s Evening Standard New Homes Awards.

The project, marketed as Southall Village, is being delivered in partnership with Ealing Council. The first phase completed earlier this year, and saw nearly 300 new homes built alongside a massive improvement to public green space, a new playground and a huge range of community development.

Over 55 per cent of the new homes are affordable; either social rent, London Affordable Rent, shared ownership and a fixed-equity product designed for leaseholders and freeholders living on the original estate. The scheme’s private sale homes have also proved very popular and were all reserved well ahead of schedule.

Serena Horgan, head of delivery and project manager for the first phase, said, “I am so pleased that Havelock has won this award. The first phase is a huge achievement for both Catalyst and Ealing Council, and I am very proud to have been part of it. This year was a little strange as we had to give a “virtual tour” of the neighbourhood to the judges rather than a walkaround, but I really enjoyed the opportunity to talk about all the amazing things we’ve been able to do at Havelock. The homes are excellent, but the work that we’ve done in the community has been what’s made this project stand out.”

Catalyst Communities, our community investment arm, has delivered over 30 community projects, engaging over 2000 people and leveraging over £165,000 of external investment into the neighbourhood, all designed to improve the quality of life for Havelock residents. The team also supported the regeneration by working with Bouygues – the construction contractor for the project – to offer a wide range of training and employment opportunities to local residents.