Build to rent homes underway at Acton Gardens

The fifth phase of new homes is now underway at the award-winning Acton Gardens development in West London. This latest phase of the regeneration scheme, delivered by joint venture partners, Countryside and L&Q, is the first to include a significant proportion of build-to-rent properties, designed to meet demand from London’s growing army of private renters.

A market traditionally dominated by individual landlords, the newly established private rental sector (PRS) is delivering brand new rental homes at scale, in an increasingly secure and regulated sector, with an estimated 30,000 new rental homes in the pipeline across London. The new dedicated PRS block at Acton Gardens includes 72 one, two and three bedroom apartments and maisonettes, as well as a communal roof terrace for tenants to enjoy in the summer. Also under construction as part of Phase 5 are 129 affordable homes and 70 properties for private sale, all set around a large private courtyard.

Phase 5, designed by architects HTA who also designed Phase 1 at Acton Gardens, will deliver 271 new homes, across four blocks, in a mix of apartments and maisonettes, each with their own private balcony or terrace. One of the stand-out features of HTA’s design is a distinctive 12-storey landmark building, which will mark the entrance to the development from the west. Construction commenced on site in March, with completion expected by the end of 2018.

The £600m scheme at Acton Gardens is one of the largest residential regeneration projects in London, transforming the 52-acre site of the former South Acton estate into a vibrant new urban quarter. When complete, the scheme will offer 2,850 new homes, with approximately 50% affordable housing and a large proportion of family sized accommodation, along with enhanced transport links, retail and community facilities and extensive public open spaces.