This £600 million regeneration of the South Acton estate – in a joint venture partnership between L&Q London Housing Association and Countryside Properties – will reconnect the estate to the wider neighbourhood by creating an urban village of around 2,600 homes with traditional tree-lined streets. The first phase is now complete, the second phase on site, and a planning application for the two sites in the third phase has just been submitted to Ealing Council.
The 11-phase Acton Gardens has been planned as a series of local neighbourhoods, arranged around public squares, parks and play areas to replace the homes on the old South Acton estate, which had reached the end of their natural life.
It will also feature a community hub and culture, office and retail space. The new homes, many of which are affordable, will be built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 offering low heating, power and water consumption, feature green roofs with photo-voltaic cells providing electricity to the landlord areas. A tenth are wheelchair adaptable.
The development also offers jobs and training opportunities.
Phase one offered one, two and three-bedroom apartments, most with a balcony or winter garden, and is now complete, with residents in situ.
Building works of phase two started on site in October 2013 and is forecast to be finished by summer 2015. Known as Liberty Gardens, it comprises 106 new apartments and maisonettes with between one and four bedrooms, in six to eight-storey buildings with semi-private landscaped open space at the first floor level. All homes will have private amenity space, and feature either a garden, terrace or balcony.
As Ealing in London went to press, a planning application was due to be submitted in March 2014 for phase three, which will see a further 240 homes.
L&Q Housing Association and Countryside Properties
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