Recognised as an example of best practice in the Government’s Estate Regeneration National Strategy (2016), Acton Gardens is transforming the architecture, fortunes and reputation of South Acton, while retaining the strong community spirit. A total of 1,800 badly designed homes are being replaced with 3,463 new high-quality homes, of which 48% will be affordable, on a tenure-blind basis across 21 development phases. Through a newly revised masterplan, Acton Gardens will now deliver almost a third more social housing than existed before regeneration began, making a huge contribution to local housing needs. Acton Gardens is characterised by a commitment to community engagement; from the multi-phased masterplan, to the four full-time professionals on-site ensuring local resident involvement, and the Community Board that will safeguard the sustainable long-term future of the community. This commitment is highlighted by the on-site apprenticeship schemes and new community facilities, which are ensuring the social and economic sustainability of the area.
This award is for the best development within a neighbourhood regeneration scheme that can demonstrate the benefit it has brought to the area.