In the Victorian times, the estate was made up of terraced houses with the waters of Bollo Brook feeding the local laundry industry. There were so many laundries in the area that South Acton was nicknamed 'Soapsud Island'.
Following the Second World War, the Council redeveloped the area. The houses were replaced with the tower blocks that we see today. This redevelopment continued throughout the 1950s to the 1970s with the ‘Red Brick’ area, situated at the north of the estate, being the last part to be built.
The estate has 1,800 homes and is the biggest estate in the London Borough of Ealing. Acton History Project have been working to highlight the changes of the landscape and diversity of South Acton.
When did the regeneration process for South Acton start?
In 1999, following consultation with the South Acton community, Ealing Council started a major investment programme on the estate. As part of this investment, Catalyst Housing Association redeveloped a number of new homes along the All Saints Road.
In 2010, Acton Gardens LLP were chosen by Ealing Council and local residents to carry out the rest of the regeneration of the South Acton estate. Acton Gardens LLP is the joint venture partnership between London and Quadrant Housing Trust (L&Q) and Countryside Properties (UK) Limited. Both companies have experience of delivering award winning housing regeneration schemes across London.
Who are L&Q?
L&Q is a housing association which has been providing affordable homes to Londoners since 1963. L&Q stands for London & Quadrant and are one of the UK's leading housing associations and one of London's largest residential developers. L&Q houses around 250,000 people in more than 95,000 homes, primarily across London and the South East. Further information can be found at www.lqgroup.org.uk
Who are Countryside?
Countryside is a dynamic, responsible and respected partner to a wide range of public and private sector organisationsand is seen as the partner of choice to secure the provision of high quality mixed-use and mixed-tenure schemes and securing land agreements.
Countryside's projects are developed with local authorities, housing associations and local communities, and they regard partnering as key to delivering this.
Countryside have undertaken more than 45 estate regeneration schemes the 1980's and have been building new homes in London and the South East since 1958. For further information please visit: www.countryside-properties.com