Demolition Kick-starts Ealing Regeneration Scheme
Friday, 01 March 2013
LEADING housing provider Network Housing Group has celebrated the start of its latest regeneration project in Rectory Park, which will create 425 new homes and strengthen the existing community by providing better facilities for residents.
Network Housing Group officially started the first two phases of its regeneration scheme for the estate in Northolt during a demolition ceremony on 27 February. Group chief executive Helen Evans was joined by Ealing Council Leader Julian Bell, Stephen Pound MP and Mayor of Ealing Mohammad Aslam to celebrate the occasion.
Sixty-six existing properties were demolished and the community centre moved to allow the first 101 homes in the 160 home contract to commence. The approved finished scheme will increase the final number of homes on the estate by 155, providing more people with much needed homes in London. AbdiRahman Mohamed, a resident from the estate has been appointed to work for the Group as a Customer Satisfaction Assistant and another three residents have been taken on to work for Hill Partnerships since the programme began.
The new development will provide energy efficient accommodation for residents to move to, consisting of one, two and three bedroom flats and houses. There will also be a community facility located within the Gardens area of Rectory Park for residents to enjoy and have a central meeting place which will help strengthen the community by bringing residents and families together. Phase one of the scheme is due to be completed in 2014.
Group chief executive Helen Evans said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Rectory Park residents to rebuild the Estate and develop a place and community that people will be proud to call home.
“We will establish a community chest fund to support activities on the estate and use it to promote community cohesion by ensuring all parts of the community can benefit from what is on offer.”
Extensive consultation was carried out with residents in 2011 on the regeneration design to provide outstanding new homes, landscaping and play facilities. The new homes will be secure, have improved heating systems and meet the London Design Guide and Lifetime Homes Standards.
The development will be owned and managed by Network Stadium Housing Association, part of Network Housing Group.
Ealing’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Hitesh Tailor, said: “I’m delighted work is finally underway at Rectory Park. Our commitment to providing new affordable homes goes beyond bricks and mortar. We’ve listened carefully to residents’ aspirations for skills, training and creating a real sense of community. The regeneration work here is going to make Rectory Park a more pleasant and safer place to live for everyone.”
Network Stadium and the Group will work alongside development partner Hill Partnerships to make their vision a reality.
Simon Trice, Regional Director for Hill Partnerships said: “The demolition of the existing blocks at Rectory Park is a milestone event for the community which will see the buildings replaced with high quality new homes, community facilities and landscaped areas. Hill is looking forward to working with Network Housing Group and Ealing Council to transform Rectory Park and make a difference for the local community.”
Christa Bamber, a resident on the Rectory Park Tenants and Resident’s Association, who attended the demolition ceremony, said: “I’m looking forward on building towards a better community spirit, with higher quality homes and a safer environment that Network Housing Group’s regeneration will bring.”
NOTES TO EDITOR:
- Network Housing Group is a group of five registered housing providers – Community Trust Housing, London Strategic Housing, Network Stadium Housing Association, Riversmead Housing Association, Willow Housing and Care – and Solon Community Network, an independent resident consultancy. The Group collectively owns and manages over 17,500 homes across London and the South East. Its aim is to provide the maximum number of homes and the best value for money to support its residents and neighbourhoods. The Group provides strategic leadership and co-ordination, development and corporate services to its members.
- Network Stadium is a community based housing association and currently owns approximately 9,000 properties in and around London. It is the founder and largest member of the Network Housing Group. Network Stadium builds and contributes to the development of mixed tenure and mixed use communities, and develops and manages commercial properties and some homes for general sale.
- Rectory Park will include 425 homes in total – an increase of 155 from the existing 270 homes: 170 for social rent, 190 for outright sale and 65 for shared equity. Phases one and two are due to complete in 2015 and will include 160 homes: 54 for social rent, 96 for outright sale and 10 shared equity homes for existing leaseholders. The new development will include a variety of buildings, from two to six storeys high
- Network Housing Group and its development partner Hill Partnerships were awarded the contract by Ealing Council to regenerate the estate and provide new homes and facilities. Planning permission was formally awarded onJuly 11 2012.
- RectoryParkwas listed at number 9 in 24housing’s list of the top 50 housing projects in July 2012. Network Housing Group also appeared at number 10 in Inside Housing’s list of the top 50 developing housing associations for completed developments in June 2012.