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First phase complete on major London estate regeneration

By September 23, 2020September 25th, 2020No Comments

Catalyst has completed the first phase of the regeneration of the Havelock estate in Southall, Ealing.

The project’s first phase, developed in partnership with Ealing Council, saw 291 new homes built, with over 55 per cent available new homes for social rent, London Affordable Rent, shared ownership and a fixed-equity product designed for leaseholders and freeholders living on the original estate. The project’s new market-sale homes have also proved popular with all now fully reserved.

As well as the new homes, the project has seen a complete revamp of over 6000m2 of the neighbourhood’s public realm, including a brand-new children’s playpark and significant investment into the nearby canal-side path next to the adjacent Grand Union Canal. Catalyst have also delivered a series of community development programmes, from community fun-days and summer activities for the neighbourhood to training and employment opportunities and support for people to live healthier lifestyles.

Philip Jenkins, Group Development Director at Catalyst said, “We are extremely proud of what we’ve achieved so far at Havelock. Our teams have done an immense amount of work to not only deliver excellent, high quality new homes, but also to support Havelock residents moving into their new homes and provide a huge range of initiatives to support the local community. Estate regeneration is a challenging process, but we have been determined to improve the quality of life in the neighbourhood as well as deliver new homes people love.”  

Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council said, “The redevelopment of Havelock Estate has been part of the council’s £1.2billion regeneration programme of nine key estates across Ealing over an 18-year period. 

“I am really impressed with the transformation of the estate and what Catalyst and Ealing Council have achieved by working together. This has created a better neighbourhood feel by incorporating the Grand Union Canal into the scheme and linking the estate to the natural habitat and green spaces.

“I’m delighted that the completion of this phase also means that more genuinely affordable homes will be available to local tenants and residents.”

Rob Bradley, CEO of Bouygues UK, the construction company which delivered the first phase, said: “Delivering much-needed high quality homes and helping to regenerate local communities in collaboration with our clients is a core part of our business and we are very proud of the residential scheme and surrounding public spaces that we have completed at Havelock. This first phase is a great addition to our track record of regeneration schemes in London boroughs.”

Ealing and Catalyst are currently reviewing the remaining phases of the project in response to changes in the housing market, construction costs, and regional and national planning policy. This will help the pair to fulfil their commitment to improve the lives of Havelock residents by building new homes, improving the public spaces and supporting the local community

Catalyst also recently completed their Toplocks scheme, a 100 per cent social rent scheme adjacent to the first phase of Havelock on an abandoned depot site. The new 26-home community was handed over in March this year, with new residents moving in just prior to lockdown.


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More information on Havelock Phase 1

Local authority: London Borough of Ealing

Construction Contractor: Bouygues UK

Number of homes (tenure): 291 (135 Social Rent – 131 Private sale – 9 London Affordable Rent – 8 Shared Ownership – 8 Fixed Equity)


More information on Toplocks

Local authority: London Borough of Ealing

Construction Contractor: Bouygues UK

Architect: Conran + Partners

Number of homes (tenure): 26 (100 per cent social rent)


More information on Catalyst

Catalyst is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East, managing over 32,000 rented and shared-ownership homes.

We are experts in placemaking and developing tenure-blind neighbourhoods, with a strategy in place that will see us build 1,300 homes a year. Our approach to creative design, effective urban planning and high quality development is underpinned by our long-term interest in our neighbourhoods. By adopting a stewardship role, we ensure that the places we help to create are well maintained, look great and remain desirable places to live. A prime example of Catalyst’s work is our flagship regeneration project in North Kensington, Portobello Square.

Catalyst Communities, our social and economic investment arm, helps our communities grow with bespoke neighbourhood strategies that help deliver initiatives such as youth mentoring projects, after school homework programmes, exercise classes and much more. We also deliver an individual offer to our most vulnerable residents, with services such as financial inclusion courses to help people with their money; parenting support classes for young families and employment courses for those out of work.



For any further information, please contact:

Charlotte Stamper – Head of External Affairs

020 3693 2464 | 07815525365


Calum McConnachie – External Affairs Manager

020 8832 3139 | 07779 288 489