Catalyst has announced United Living as the construction partners on Phase 2A of Portobello Square, its flagship regeneration development located next to the world famous Portobello Road in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The design and build contract will include an option to be extended to include Phase 2B.
Designed by Conran + Partners from PRP Architects’ Masterplan, Phase 2A of Portobello Square will deliver 91 new homes (60 at social rent and 31 for private sale). Demolition of the existing buildings is well underway and construction will begin on site in July 2017, with handovers expected to be complete by spring 2019.
Catalyst’s residents were involved with the selection process and were integral in making sure the right contractors were chosen. United Living showed that they would deliver high quality homes on time and on budget and that they would work hard to reduce the amount of disruption throughout the construction period. United Living will also manage an employment and training initiative for Catalyst’s customers, offering roles through its apprenticeship scheme, “United into Construction”.
Once complete, Portobello Square will deliver approximately 1,000 new homes, over 3,000sqm of commercial space and 9,000sqm of public space. Catalyst will be re-providing social rented housing for all of the current residents as well as developing homes for sale and shared ownership. The neighbourhood has been designed to reconnect the community to the surrounding areas by reproducing the original street pattern from the early 20th century.
Tom Titherington, Executive Director of Property & Growth, said: “We worked closely with our residents to ensure that we made the right decision and I am delighted that we will be working with United Living on the next phase of construction.
“Portobello Square is a fantastic looking scheme and we are very proud of it. Once complete, the new buildings will help shape a resilient, mixed-tenure neighbourhood that builds on the close sense of community that already exists in the area.”
Steve Carden, Divisional Director for United Living, said: “We are very excited to be working with Catalyst on Portobello Square. We were struck by the sense of community already there and we look forward to getting to know the residents and key local stakeholders better over the course of construction.”