Corporate news

Catalyst provides £20k funding to local Oxfordshire charity

Catalyst Housing has awarded Oxford charity Leys Community Development Initiative (Leys CDI) £20,000 in anchor match funding to help future proof the vital facility. The Blackbird Leys-based charity is trying to raise £73,000 to tackle poverty, deprivation and social isolation in the local community, and the demand for these essential services has grown as the  Read more »

Catalyst Homes – Coronavirus (Covid-19) statement

As one of London and the South East’s leading housing associations, our goal is to guide customers through their Catalyst home buying journey. We’d like to reassure you that our dedicated sales team is here to support you more than ever during these current challenging times. Catalyst’s marketing suites and show homes are now temporarily  Read more »

187 more affordable homes to be built in Houghton Regis

Catalyst and Taylor Wimpey have entered into a partnership to build a further 187 affordable homes in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire. Housing association Catalyst and developer Taylor Wimpey are drawing on their combined experience of building high-quality homes and creating vibrant communities to bring muchneeded affordable new homes to the area. The planning system has already  Read more »

Mayor awards over £500,000 to Catalyst Open Havelock project

Catalyst Housing has received over £500,000 in funding from the Mayor of London to support a partnership project on its estate regeneration scheme at Havelock, Ealing. The Mayor’s ‘Good Growth Fund’ is contributing 50% of total cost for the project ‘Open Havelock’, which will transform 36 redundant garages and 2000 sqm of unused space on  Read more »

Catalyst to build 24 affordable homes in Harpenden

Catalyst is to build 24 new homes for affordable rent and shared ownership in Harpenden. The housing association acquired the site from Harpenden Town Council in 2018 and, with appointed contractor Taylor French Developments, will jointly deliver much-needed affordable new homes for local people. The 24-home development has been designed with a mix of apartments  Read more »

Catalyst recruits two new development directors

Catalyst Housing has recruited two new Managing Directors to oversee the delivery of the new homes programme across London and the South East. Richard Smith is Catalyst’s Managing Director for New Homes (London) and Andrew Almond will take over as Managing Director for New Homes (Counties). Richard joins from Taylor Wimpey Central London where he  Read more »

New plans for £100m Blackbird Leys redevelopment revealed

The £100.6m redevelopment of Blackbird Leys will feature around 275 new homes – including new social housing – a new community centre, new shops, and improved green and public spaces. Oxford City Council and its development partner, Catalyst Housing, have produced the new details – known as a ‘concept masterplan’ – following months of community  Read more »

Catalyst secures £50m socially linked loan

Catalyst Housing association has secured its first loan linked to social performance. The new £50m revolving credit facility with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) incorporates a margin reduction if Catalyst meet set targets to assist customers with maximising income. Outcomes will be reported in Catalyst’s annual accounts. The loan is one of SMBC’s first social  Read more »

Help the G15 campaign for more affordable homes

Ahead of Budget Day, the G15 group of London’s largest housing associations, which Catalyst is a member, is asking people to use their voice to call for more funding for affordable homes.  A short film has been launched that highlights the negative effects on people who are locked out of the housing market, especially younger  Read more »

Catalyst named one of Britain’s best places to work

Catalyst has once again been named as one of the best places to work in the UK. We have been awarded a place in ‘The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For’ list for 2020. In addition to the top 100 placing, we have also achieved Ones to Watch status, which is awarded  Read more »