Eaing down to last two on South Acton

Only two bidders remain in the running for a development partner contract to regenerate the South Acton housing estate in West London, it is reported. LB Ealing has cut the shortlist from five to two.

Willmott Dixons social housing arm Inspace, in a joint venture with Bellway Homes and registered social landlord Hyde and Affinity Sutton, is one of the consortia thought to have made the cut. The other is a joint venture between Countryside and London & Quadrant, according to Construction News. A formal announcement is expected after the councils cabinet has approved the decision.

Those slated to miss out are London & Regional with Network Housing; Stanhope with Family Mosaic; and United House with Berkeley Group and A2Dominion.

The selected development partner will carry out future housing-led phases of the regeneration programme across the 16 hectare South Acton estate, which currently holds about 1,800 local authority-owned homes. LB Ealing believes the estate could accommodate up to 3,400 homes.

The two final bidders will be invited to develop their outline design and financial proposals in more detail, including design proposals that can be used to support a future planning application.

A decision on the preferred bidder is expected to be made in January or February 2010, with work set to start in late 2010.

Inspace has 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, according to Construction News.

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