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St Bernard’s Gate shortlisted in First Time Buyers Awards

Catalyst’s mixed-use development St Bernard’s Gate has been shortlisted in the Best Large Development category of the First Time Buyers Awards 2018. The scheme is adjacent to Ealing Hospital and close to the border between Southall and Hanwell. The project will be delivered across two phases, and will comprise 130 private sale, 98 shared ownership,  More »

Catalyst announced as finalists in UK Housing Awards 2018

Catalyst’s regeneration of the Wornington Green estate has been chosen as a finalist in the “Outstanding Approach to Regeneration” category of the UK National Housing Awards 2018. The project, known as Portobello Square, is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and will deliver 1,000 new homes with no loss of social housing.  More »

Catalyst launches new contractor framework

Catalyst has launched a new contractor framework to help the housing association reach its target to build 1,000 homes a year by 2020. The contracts on the framework have a combined value of between £500m and £900m, and will see Catalyst deliver a variety of different tenures including affordable rent, low-cost homeownership and private sale.  More »

Havelock Regeneration Phase 1A: Before and After

Catalyst have worked with two residents of Havelock to produce a short film about their move into the first completed phase of the Havelock regeneration. This is the first in a series of films we plan to make about Havelock throughout the regeneration project. As well as exploring all the positive changes that the regeneration  More »

Grenfell Tower: six months on

Six months since the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower, our thoughts remain with the people, families and communities affected by the tragedy. We have the greatest admiration for the way the local community pulled together to coordinate vital support. Following the fire, we began a thorough review of our own properties to be certain we’ve  More »

Catalyst appoints architects for Phase 3 of major regeneration

Catalyst has appointed Conran + Partners as the architects for Phase 3 of Portobello Square, the major regeneration scheme of its Wornington Green estate. The architectural practice won a bidding process where they presented proposals to Catalyst’s development team and the Wornington Green Residents’ Steering Group. The quality of the design work impressed the panel,  More »

Catalyst wins big at Ealing Apprenticeship Network Awards

Catalyst won two awards at the Ealing Apprenticeship Network awards, picking up the ‘Large Employer of the Year’ Award and Catalyst Gateway apprentice Narmeen Tahir won ‘Apprentice of the Year’. The Ealing Apprenticeship Network Awards is organised by Ealing Council and celebrates the apprentices, employers and training providers that operate in the borough. Catalyst has  More »

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  More »

Catalyst bond issue secures £250m

Catalyst issued a 30-year bond and raised £250m at 130 basis points over the gilt and a coupon of 3.125%. This is the third lowest coupon ever achieved by a housing association for a tenor of 30 years or longer, an excellent result for a debut issuer. The bonds will mature in October 2047, and  More »

‘A+’ credit rating recognises Catalyst’s financial strength

Catalyst has been given an ‘A+’ (negative outlook) credit rating by the international credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s (S&P). The rating report emphasised Catalyst’s high quality asset base, low leverage and ample interest cover as a rating strength alongside Catalyst’s strong and experienced management team. Rachael Dennis, Chief Operating Officer at Catalyst, said: “I  More »