Regenerating Ealing’s largest housing estate
Part of the significant regeneration plan of South Acton Estate, the largest in Ealing, Acton Gardens Phase 4 brings together a community previously disrupted by anti-social behaviour, creating a sense of place, safety and security.
At the heart of the development, with new parkland, Phase 4 addresses the maintenance issues of the pre-existing 9 storey block and provides 107 homes, 50% of which are affordable, ranging from 7-9 storeys.
Transformational change connecting the community
Sitting within one of the most deprived areas in Ealing, the overall vision for the estate was to reconnect to the wider neighbourhood. The pre-existing estate lacked identity, and the poor connectivity which resulted in residents feeling unsafe.
Ealing Borough Council saw the scheme as an opportunity to create a transformative change.
To attract a diverse range of new residents, whilst fulfilling the needs of those already living in the area.
The estate takes on a tenure-blind approach to the new houses. Bringing distinct new character areas with each phase and creates a collection of local neighbourhoods that encourage connectivity between residents.
Lightness, transparency and connection to nature
The health and wellbeing of residents was a priority, with everything from landscape to amenity space and materials tailored to their needs. This was supported by a detailed community engagement process, allowing residents to have their opinions heard and ensure they were actively involved in the design process.
Mirroring the social requirements for more housing of Victorian England, the design of Phase 4 takes its inspiration from historic mansion blocks. Robust masonry and large, full height windows echo the grand Georgian or Victorian townhouses and mansion blocks that line the parks of London.
Leaf pattern etched glass balustrades translate lightness, transparency and connection to the benefit of the residents, seamlessly linking with the surrounding landscape. Addressing the modern desire for open space with a series of intimate spaces reinforced with structural planting, to assist in enhancing biodiversity and encouraging residents to take time outside.
The positive link between the outdoors and the residents creates a sense of calm. We further supported this through the development of an innovative and unique apartment layout. Whereby, duplex family homes are not just limited to the ground floor but integrated throughout the building. On the ground floor, the residents enjoy access to their private gardens and above, generous roof terraces and balconies.
Ealing, London, W3 8QT
Ealing Civic Society Annual Awards 2017
British Homes Awards 2017
Shortlisted - Home of the Year
Housing Design Awards 2016
RICS Social Impact Awards London
Shortlisted - Residential
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