16/12/2022 • Development update
Striking the scaffolding, raising the bar: An update from The Verdean
What you need to know now: The Verdean wows inspectors (again), progress from site, Christmas events nearby and more.
Another perfect inspection score for the Verdean
In November, The Verdean enjoyed another hugely successful inspection from the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).
Once again, The Verdean was awarded a perfect inspection score of 45/45.
The CCS inspector was impressed with our work on sustainability, Health & Safety, our working relationship with the local community, our commitment to the site’s functionality and appearance, and more.
We will continue to welcome site inspections from the CCS throughout work on site at The Verdean, and the team here are committed to continuing to raise the bar for standards in the construction industry.
For more information on the scheme, or to contact the CCS, please visit website here.
It’s been another exciting few months in Acton, with the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) now offering direct services across London (without the need to change at Paddington), and The Verdean going from strength to strength.
Work on site continues to run to schedule, thanks to our huge, hard-working site team. We’re now up to around 300 people working across The Verdean, from decorators and plumbers to electricians, bricklayers, carpenters, scaffolders and logistics operatives.
We’ve also continued with regular inspections from both the National Home Building Council (NHBC) and our development partners Catalyst, ensuring the site is undergoing constant quality, warranty and building control checks.
Work on The Oak, The Verdean’s flagship tower continues at a pace, with windows now installed to level 8, the tower’s external brickwork complete up to level 2, and installation of its internal pipework and wiring also up to level 2. The first of The Oak’s kitchens are due on site before Christmas.
The two blocks – blocks A and G – that will be home to The Verdean’s affordable housing, provided by Catalyst, also continue to take shape.
Block A’s scaffolding is now being removed, a real landmark point in the development. Internally all homes are now plastered, and we’re underway with what we call ‘second fix’ works – everything that happens after a new home is plastered (the installation of electrical fixtures and goods, installing bathrooms, fitting internal doors etc).
We’re also making great progress putting the finishing touches on block G’s homes, including decorating work to communal areas. Externally we’ve now started landscaping works for the block, including pouring footings for brick walls and canopy structures, and groundworks for garden areas.
What’s happening nearby
Life at The Verdean puts the best of West London within easy reach, from a Polar-Express-style Christmas to festive circuses and thrilling cabaret. Here are our highlights of what’s happening locally in the coming weeks.
Christmas at The Aeronaut, Acton
The Aeronaut is an Acton institution, and one of the best-loved pubs in West London. They boast an amazing year-round programme of events – but this Christmas they’ve outdone themselves. Expect Christmas-themed cabaret, regular circus shows and a some next-level festive menu options.
Throughout December ’22 and January ’23.
The Aeronaut, 264 High St, London, W3 9BH
The Luna Cinema
Nothing says Christmas in London like a pop-up cinema – and it doesn’t get much more festive than this tinsel-draped pop-up at Kensington Palace. Expect two solid weeks of magical Christmas movies, from Elf and Home Alone to Die Hard – grab a cup of steaming mulled wine and settle in.
Saturday 10th – Friday 23rd December
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX
The Christmas Steam Express
A unique festive steam train trip from London Victoria, taking you out to the Surrey Hills and back again in beautifully furnished and decorated carriages. Opt for the three-course feast with fizz, and enjoy a quintessentially British Christmas experience.
Monday 19th & Wednesday 21st December
London Victoria, Victoria St, London, SW1E 5ND
What’s happening at Mount Anvil
Creative Land Trust secures new affordable workspace at The Verdean
Creative Land Trust has secured workspaces for up to 30 artists and creatives at The Verdean. The trust was established to secure long term, affordable workspace for creatives, ensuring a vibrant and prosperous future for this critical industry, enriching communities and strengthening London.
The Creative Land Trust’s commitment – marked with the signing of a 999-year lease – will preserve affordable workspace in perpetuity for Ealing, and bring a new creative community to The Verdean.
Read more by clicking here.
Chelsea Botanica is fastest selling development of 2022
Earlier this year we launched Chelsea Botanica, an exclusive collection of riverside homes in SW6. Delivered in a repeat partnership with Peabody, Chelsea Botanica includes landscaped gardens designed with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and the UK’s first residential Peloton fitness hub.
Thanks to a first week of sales back in June that saw over 80% of the schemes new homes reserved, Chelsea Botanica was the fastest selling scheme of the year.
A few homes are still available at Chelsea Botanica – read more by clicking here.
Celebrating Makers & Mentors second birthday
Last week we spent a brilliant evening celebrating the second birthday of Makers & Mentors. This unique programme, run by Mount Anvil and supported by the Mayor of London, seeks to inspire and support a more diverse construction industry by connecting people with mentoring opportunities, apprenticeships, work experience and curriculum support.
This celebratory event was hosted with BAME in Property. Attendees heard success stories from mentors and mentees, enjoyed networking (and cake!) and left with this key take away from Mount Anvil MD Darragh Hurley – “Problems aren’t solved from the consciousness that created them – we need cognitive diversity to thrive”. Here’s to another year of Makers & Mentors!