We celebrated the end of 2019 by submitting our proposal for Acton Gardens Phase 8.1 and 8.2 for planning to Ealing Council. Engagement with local residents has resulted in a design that respects existing neighbours to offer a sustainable and sensitive addition to the Acton Gardens community.
This major phase of 334 mixed-tenure homes makes new connections between the newly opened community centre at the heart of the neighbourhood and our recently completed Phase 7.1 scheme of 246 homes in the north of the estate. With its new north-south boulevard and connecting streets, Acton Gardens will start to feel like a joined-up neighbourhood, seamlessly integrated with the wider community.
The scheme of houses, maisonettes and apartments provides 50% affordable homes. The buildings frame new streets and two generous parks: the “gardens” of the new neighbourhood. Each building is given a unique character, responding to specific site condition. A rich palette of materials and textures using distinctive bricks and patterns suggests a strong new identity for this part of the Acton Gardens development. The scheme prioritises the pedestrian experience with focus on the quality of the new streets being created. The distinctive feature of the whole scheme is the two storey maisonette zone on the ground and first floors of all blocks, creating human scale streetscapes lined with regular front doors and double height entrances to the tenure blind buildings. Amenity space is provided in the two large parks, for the use of all residents and the local community.
The reserved matters application will be determined in March 2020 and construction is likely to commence in autumn 2020.