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DoE and Countryside sign development contract in Acton

The proposed development

The Department of Education (DoE) has signed an agreement with developer Countryside to deliver Ark Soane, a mixed-use development in Ealing, West London.

The building, of six to 12 storeys, will consist of Ark Soane Academy, a new 1,200-pupil secondary school, on the first three floors. The new school will be connected to a new nearby sixth-form college, and will use the surrounding grounds, which include a multi-use games area, sports hall and playgrounds.

There will be 113 apartments located above it, of which 92 will be let and managed by Sigma Capital Group plc under the Simple Life London rental brand. The remaining 21 homes will be affordable and managed by Network Homes, and Countryside will place the last three on sale in the market.     

Additionally, there will be three separate townhouses on the site, which will be located close to Woodlands Park and Acton High Street, providing excellent transport links. 

A sustainable energy centre using a ground source heat pump is also being delivered as part of the development.

Daniel King, managing director (West London and Thames Valley) at Countryside, said: “We are excited to get started on this innovative project which will not only deliver a state-of-the-art new school, but also deliver much-needed new homes in Acton. Drawing on over 30 years of experience of working in partnership to deliver major regeneration schemes across the UK, we’re looking forward to bringing Ark Soane Academy to life with the Department for Education, Sigma Capital, EQT Exeter, Network Homes and Jerram Falkus Construction.”

The new Ark Soane Academy is expected to open by September 2022.

Image credit | Countryside