Based in various locations around the UK, with offices in Ealing, Kensington, Reading and Oxford, Catalyst Housing is one of the UK’s leading housing associations. As a member of the G15 group, Catalyst Housing provide ‘housing solutions and opportunities for those who can’t afford a home without help.’

Catalyst Housing developments

HomeViews lists Catalyst Housing developments, which are predominately based in West London. St Bernard’s Gate in Ealing is a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments close to Hanwell Station. Another Catalyst Housing development on HomeViews is Portobello Square, part of the Wornington Green Estate in Kensington.

Catalyst Housing reviews

“The development itself has been smartly thought out, with a mix of new buildings and sensitively restored heritage buildings like the gatehouse and chapel, which will be used for artist studios. The apartments themselves are fairly spacious with a good amount of light and well-sized balconies, and the kitchens are a very good size for a new-build. The apartments are fairly good value for the area, which will benefit greatly from Crossrail.” – M, verified resident at St Bernards Gate

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Number of Developments

5
3.97 Rating

Rating (based on 43 reviews)

Excellent

20.93%

Very Good

58.14%

Average

18.60%

Disappointing

2.33%

Very Poor

0.00%

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Perfect first home

Build quality and finish in the flats is generally of a high standard, there were a couple of snags which tend to exist in these developments but these were fixed.the design is very good although I feel the master bedroom could have been slightly bigger in ours (a two bed flat) The design is particularly pleasing on the eye when coming in through the St Bernard’s gate arch.

If there was one thing you could change about your flat or property what would it be?

Sufficient visitor Parking considering there is no proper system

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

like: Hanwell amenities, nearby parks, the canal

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

that cross rail would be delayed (although everyone in the area will be affected by this). More insight as to what the retail space will be used for considering both are still vacant

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Not finished properly

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The location of the house is very good. There is a lot of sunlight which is nice.
Unfortunatelu, the house is not the best. I feel they really rushed building it. The staircase was not built properly for example. The balcony too. They did not put an underneath layer so it leaks into my parents room when it rains.
I feel they just wanted people to move in quickly to show someone was living here, but they rushed for nothing as many flats are still empty.
The walls are so thin, which is also an issue. You can hear everything from one room to the other, and even from next door.
The central heating comes from the central block, so it can go off at times. Maintenance is not bad but they might take a day to get things fixed.
Traffic down my road is also an issues. The street is quite narrow and cars can go both ways. This caused once a car to hit my house and even the gas pipe. At night as well you can hear people speeding.
The design of the house is not the best. The rooms are small and the ceiling is low. We also have no back garden. Compared to my old property in the area, I reckon this one is less valuable.
Another odd thing about the design is the living room is in the top floor. Especially if you get elderly people this is not ideal.
Things in the house also feel quite cheap. For example the toilet flush keeps breaking because they always put cheap plastic ones.

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The area is quite good. I can walk to work. There are also buses and the tube to travel to central which is great. It feels very safe as well. In 25 years I have never had any issues.
Nottinghill Carnival can get a bit mad, but it is once a year so it is fine.
Around the area there are lots of shops and things to do luckiky. I would say the location is very good overall.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish I knew they were eushing so much and things were not finished properly, as I would not have moved in.

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Thin walls

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The design is very nice. However, the walls are very thin so it is quite easy to hear everything going on next door.
The flat is modern and spacious. Though, the rooms could be a bit more proportional as there is a bigger room and a smaller one.
Maintenance is also not the best. Our lock broke once and I had to get it replaced myself.
Heating in the flat is quite good. I think it is from the floor.
The view is alright. As the development has lots of green I feel that kind of improved it.

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I like there are lots of green spaces around. It creates a very nice environment.
There is a construction going on round the corner which can be a bit annoying. There is also a very old development in front of this one which makes it kind of strange for the display.
Transport is super good. The station is so close and there are also buses so everywhere is so accessible.
There are also lots of shops in the area. And so many nice brunch places. There is always something to do.
The area is generally quiet, although it can sometimes get a bit loud in the afternoon, as there are a few kids that skate around here but it is not too bad.
I find the area super safe, and it is nice living here.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish I had known about the walls being quite thin,

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Modern flats

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The flats are definitely very spacious and modern. The design is very nice, however it is not very soundproof. It can get quite noisy at times.
Another thing is that the insulation is not the best. It is quite cold inside the flat during winter, so it makes heating very expensive.
Another issue we had is the postcode wasn’t recognised at first, so it was quite complicated for deliveries, but now it has been solved.

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The location is so central. You got everything you need nearby. There are lots of nice shops, the market, and there is such a nice community around here.
Transport links are also great. You got the tube and lots of bus stops so it is very easy to travel.
I also feel very safe around the area as I’ve lived here my whole life. I would say the location is perfect.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish I had known about the flat not being the best for storing heat, and maybe as well about the walls being quite thin.

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