ACTON GARDENS

Ealing, London

This masterplan is guiding the development of a neighbourhood comprising nearly two thousand homes in a rapidly changing part of west London. The proposals revise an earlier multiphase plan for the area, doubling the number of new homes from an earlier consent. There will be a mixture of building types which define a coherent and legible network of streets, a sequence of parks and public open spaces. The project aims to accommodate an inclusive mix of future residents with an equal share between private and a mix of affordable tenures to help create a resilient neighbourhood.

As part of the wider regeneration of South Acton Estate, the design process has involved extensive consultation with local residents, many of whom will be re-housed on site, and the scheme’s implementation has been designed to work with a phased demolition programme and phased decanting.

The masterplan is grounded in a vision of a ‘garden neighbourhood’ with parks, gardens and allotments for the wellbeing of residents resulting in 4.7 hectares of new and enhanced public realm in total. There will be new walkable connections to maximise the proximity of Acton Town Underground and South Acton Overground Stations, investment in community infrastructure and affordable, reliable and sustainable family homes. In appearance, new buildings will be contemporary yet seek a coherent locality with brick – in subtle variations of colour, type and mix – as the preferred primary external material.

Outline consent was granted for the new masterplan at the end of 2018 with detailed consent for Phase 9.2, containing more than 200 homes as the first phase of new development. It will be the first of several new ‘courtyard garden’ buildings which will form an essential part of one of the largest estate regeneration projects in London. The practice’s first building to be designed at the site, Lindley, in the northwest of the South Acton Estate and the closest building to Acton Town Station, was given detailed consent in 2017 and will provide a mix of 68 social rented, shared ownership, private and wheelchair-accessible homes.

Team

Client
Acton Gardens LLP
Planning
Barton Willmore
Landscape Architect
Land Use Consultants
Transport and Waste
iTransport
Daylight and Sunlight
GL Hearn
Energy and Sustainability
Hodkinson Consultancy
Utilities and Fire
Mendick Waring
Structures, Civils and Flood Risk
CTP Consulting Engineers
Townscape, Heritage and Archaeology
Terence O'Rouke
Lighting, Air Quality and Noise
WYG

Data

Site area
13.6 ha
Gross floor area
215,000 sqm
Location
Ealing, London W3