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Countryside consortium wins £100m South Acton regen

A consortium led by Countryside Properties has been selected to carry out the regeneration of the South Acton estate in West London, thought to be worth in excess of £100 million.

The firm together with RSL London and Quadrant was one of two remaining bidders chosen by Ealing Borough Council from a shortlist of five last September.

Willmott Dixon’s social housing arm Inspace, in a joint venture with Bellway Homes and registered social landlord Hyde and Affinity Sutton, was the other consortium left in the running.

The other shortlisted consortia were property company London & Regional with RSL Network Housing; developer Stanhope with RSL Family Mosaic; and social housing specialist United House with Berkeley Group and RSL A2/Dominion.

Countryside and London and Quadrant will carry out future housing-led phases of the regeneration programme across the 16 hectare South Acton estate, which borders Chiswick to the south and Acton High Street to the north.

There are currently about 1,800 local authority-owned homes on the estate, but the council estimates that it could accommodate up to 3,400 homes.

The consortium will now submit an outline planning application and, subject to legal agreements being completed and planning consent being obtained, the next major phase of work could begin as early as winter 2010.

DDS Demolition has won the £450,000 contract to knock down Kipling Tower this April to help kick start the next phase of the regeneration programme.

Inspace had already won £43m of work on Phase 1 of the programme with Catalyst Community Housing Association.

Phase 2 was intended to be developed as a tripartite agreement between the council, Wates Group and Catalyst Housing Association, but broke down when Wates pulled out.