Acton Gardens Masterplan
South Acton Estate, Ealing
Approx 2,500 new homes
Planning authority
London Borough of Ealing
Shortlist First Time Buyer Awards Best Urban Regeneration Project, 2019
Winner, Housebuilder Awards: Best Regeneration Initiative – Acton Gardens 2018
Bronze, What House? Awards Best Regeneration Scheme - Acton Gardens 2018
Shortlist, Inside Housing Development Awards: Best Regeneration Project (over 71 homes) – Acton Gardens 2018

HTA's masterplan for the 15-year regeneration programme includes 2,500 new homes set on ‘traditional tree-lined streets’. Half of the homes will be affordable, and over a quarter will be family housing. There will also be parks, communal gardens and allotments. The overall vision is to reconnect the estate to the wider neighbourhood and to create a pedestrian-friendly environment with a sense of place, and safety and security for its residents. There will be distinct character areas to enable the former estate to become a collection of local neighbourhoods.

A strategically important scheme for Ealing Borough Council, the key objective has been to help deliver transformative change to the locality, to attract a diverse range of new residents whilst fulfilling the needs of existing residents.

The proposal delivers a high quality, cost-effective and tenure-blind choices of new build homes and a dramatically changed residential environment. The original estate lacked any identity and was characterised by a feeling of isolation with poor links to the surrounding residential areas. From the outset our approach has been to create streets and homes that will introduce a step change in quality compared to the existing estate and earlier master plan efforts.

Extensive and frequent consultations with residents and other stakeholders such as councillors and the GLA informed the design process ensuring the needs of residents who will be re-housed have been addressed. For example landscape details, amenity space, materials and landscaping have all been tailored to future residents’ needs.

We established a very collaborative approach with the project team on South Acton which produced great results.  We set out to undertake an exhaustive, long-term, detailed community engagement process in which residents could feel that their opinions were understood and incorporated into the design of the scheme and we believe we have achieved this.

To create diversity and enhance the richness of the architecture of Acton Gardens, Phases 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 have been designed by a number of different architects including Alison Brooks.

HTA delivered Phase 1, comprising 167 homes and Phase 5 comprising of 271 homes.

The project has been recognised by numerous wins and shortlists by prestigious industry awards.

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