Higgins and Catalyst wins Best Development in the Affordable Housing Sector at Evening Standard New Homes Awards

Posted: 21/05/2019

Higgins and Catalyst have fought off stiff competition at this year’s Evening Standard New Home Awards to win Best Development in the Affordable Housing Sector for St Bernard’s Gate in London Borough of Ealing.

The £49.8 million project for Housing Association, Catalyst, has delivered 266 new homes in six individual blocks consisting of 126 market sale, 98 Shared Ownership, 22 social rent and 20 at the new London Living Rent. The scheme has a total of 53% affordable homes.

Steve Leakey, Managing Director of Higgins comments, “We are thrilled to have been awarded this prestigious Evening Standard New Homes Award for the work we carried out at St Bernard’s Gate and I would like to thank our team and all our partners involved on this fantastic achievement.”

The Best Development in the Affordable Housing Sector award recognises high quality developments that provide homes for people in housing need and those taking their first step onto the property ladder but do not compromise on style and construction quality.

Built on the site of the former Victorian St Bernard’s Hospital, the scheme makes innovative use of the existing listed buildings to create a brand new community that combines distinctive contemporary architecture with the area’s unique heritage.

A number of the historic features were retained during the project, including three Grade II listed buildings; a Gatehouse which dates from 1831 and acts as a striking main entrance; North House, the 18th century accommodation for doctors working at the asylum and St Bernard’s Chapel. All three will be restored to their former glory

The design and layout of the new buildings were developed so they did not distract away from the character of the listed buildings and each building blends in seamlessly without compromising on style, regardless of tenure.

St Bernard’s Gate was also designed to support Ealing Council in its housing provision; the scheme has helped the borough achieve its core objectives to increase the supply of affordable homes, improve the quality of homes in the area and help people in Ealing access affordable, well managed homes.

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