Phase 3.1 was the first phase of South Acton’s regeneration to be designed after the approval of the 2350 home masterplan for the estate. The 124 home development is located adjacent to South Acton overground station and includes a new Station Square that marks the entrance to the regeneration area.
The jewel in the scheme is a beautiful south facing communal garden overlooking the existing retained allotments. It is an oasis away from the streets, square and station, with wide views to the south. A signature of this truly mixed community scheme, homes in three tenures (social rent, shared ownership and private sale) are arranged around the shared garden. Just as it is impossible to identify the different tenures in the architecture and materials, the garden is equally democratic in its use by all residents.
The scheme features a high proportion of dual and triple aspect homes which benefit from the breaks in the building form to create corner views. A clear distinction is made between the external ‘skin’ and the soft , colourful interior of the scheme. The ‘skin’ is a formal brick façade punctured with large recessed openings, providing a consistent frontage to street and square. In contrast, the courtyard facades are a play of colour and light with projecting balconies moving past each other. The pale buff brick of these courtyard façades creates a striking contrast with the street facades and they overlap with ‘tabs’ wrapping around the corners, creating an invitation to see what is beyond.
Acton Gardens (Countryside and L&Q)
124 homes (70% private sale; 23% social rent; 6% shared ownership)
Stitch completes £36m Acton housing development – Architects Journal, 21 March 2017
Third phase of huge South Acton regen wins planning – Architects Journal, 23 April 2015
Stitch and Maccreanor Lavington win planning in Acton – Building Design, 23 April 2014
Stitch Studio and Maccreanor Lavington submit plans for Acton – Building Design, 28 October 2013
South Acton Phase 1 finishes; Phase 2 starts; phase 3 revealed – Architects Journal, 28 October 2013