BE WEST: Help to Buy and Shared Ownership homes available in Acton
One and two bedroom apartments at Hangar 16, West London
Unique starter homes, unrivalled location
Giving first time buyers the exceedingly rare chance to purchase a contemporary apartment within a stunning period conversion, BE WEST’s Hangar 16 is a remarkable off-plan development of eight Shared Ownership and 26 Private Sale homes, of which 19 are available with Help to Buy.
This off-plan scheme will give first time buyers the chance to become part of a thriving new community in Acton – one of West London’s most upcoming districts and an area where high property values typically price first time buyers out of the market. Within just a few weeks of launch, BE WEST secured off-plan reservations on a third of the Private Sale homes, demonstrating this is a development in high demand, especially when the show home isn’t due to open until September 2022.
Offering a collection of one and two bedroom apartments within an original red brick art-deco building, Hangar 16 is being painstakingly restored by BE WEST, the sales arm of Shepherd’s Bush Housing Group.
Accessibly priced for the local community, homes available for Help to Buy start from £455,000 for a well proportioned one bedroom apartment. Shared Ownership homes will launch later in the year, providing a second affordable alternative way for first time buyers to make Hangar 16 their home. Prices for Shared Ownership homes will start from £130,500 for a 30% share (FMV: £435,000).
Architecture to inspire
Hangar 16 is a truly unique building, with the neglected façade carefully renovated and restored to its former glory and new life breathed into the building through the conversion into just 34 homes aimed at first time buyers.
Dating back to the early 1900s, the attractive red brick building was used as a ‘hangar’ for the aeronautics industry, before falling into disrepair. A nod to the history of the building, the development’s name is cleverly derived from its interesting past, and its location at 16 The Vale, Acton. The clean lines and simple design have already proven a huge draw for buyers looking for something unique in the starter home market, Hangar 16 offers a real alternative to the standard new build market with its rich history and design.
Creating the wow factor, the development is entered via a grand double height atrium. Authentic period features incorporated throughout the development will include smart factory style windows, installed to maximise natural light within each home, and deco style railings to the front of the building. Adding a contemporary touch to enhance modern living, the restored exterior will feature glass encased balconies, giving buyers their own outdoor oasis in the capital.
Making a further contribution to this increasingly vibrant corner of West London, the ground floor of the development includes space for two new commercial units: earmarked to become a gym and a café respectively.
Commercial units will be BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) Certified Very Good – designed to help reduce the impact of the construction industry on the environment, buildings are scored against a set of standards celebrating sustainability. Buildings following BREEAM standards are typically the most cost effective to run and maintain, and are more durable and energy efficient, which has a direct impact on the residents and businesses.
Ultimate urban living
Inside the 34 apartments, light filled interiors boast floor to ceiling windows, many of which open onto spacious balconies or larger terraces – ideal for an alfresco dinner or summer aperitif after a day at work.
Contemporary, white matt Symphony kitchens are fully kitted out with integrated AEG appliances, including fridge freezer, gas hob, double oven, dishwasher and washer/dryer, creating a ready made space for buyers to begin their new journey with the benefit of no additional moving in costs. The large open plan space is perfect for entertaining, with space for a living area and dining table, and selected kitchens also featuring a breakfast island.
Fully tiled bathrooms have been kept neutral, allowing new owners to put their stamp on the space, but the stylish bathroom suites include Ideal sanitaryware and a heated towel rail for a touch of opulence.
In addition to Amtico flooring throughout living spaces and hallways, there are soft carpets underfoot in all bedrooms, with an all important built-in wardrobe to all principal suites. All two bedroom apartments have both an ensuite and a separate bathroom, making the homes ideal for sharers, young families or couples and singles looking to have a spare room or separate office space.
The pièce de resistance of this one off development, upper level homes will have uninterrupted views over West London.
Future proofing to keep service charges low, the communal areas and building design has been carried out with efficiency as its guiding principle. The apartments are well insulated (above building regulation requirements) and low energy LED lighting has been used throughout. This will keep bills down for buyers, crucial in a time when energy prices are expected to soar.
All homes are wheelchair accessible, with lift access to all floors, and all residents enjoy access to secure cycle storage.
The best of both worlds
Located within one of the capital’s most desirable boroughs, Hangar 16 offers residents a fantastic opportunity to live in Zone 2 and close to a wide range of amenities, without the premium price tag. The nearest pub, The Askew Pub and Kitchen, is popular with young professionals, serving seasonal food in a top rated atmosphere. Other local favourites include Proud Mary’s – where the brunch is particularly well rated – Guilia, an elegant Italian restaurant, and Happy Sky Japanese Bakery, serving the very best sweet pastry and coffee.
Also within walking distance is Westfield shopping centre, while the choice of outdoor spaces leave residents spoilt with options including; Ravenscourt Park, Gunnersbury Park, Acton Park and Chiswick House and Gardens – which runs a year round series of events – are just a short walk or bike ride away.
Offering superb transport links, Crossrail is now open and running from Acton Mainline station, offering a speedy commute into the city centre. One of London’s best connected areas, residents can also easily utilise East Acton station, which offers speedy Central Line London Underground services into the West End and beyond, and Acton Central, a London Overground Station.
For journeys further afield, Heathrow Airport is easily accessed via Acton Main Line or Hammersmith station on the Piccadilly Line – or for those even more eager to jet set off just a 26 minute cab ride.
Hangar 16 is a cyclist’s dream, with Chiswick High Road, Kew Gardens, Richmond and Hyde Park all easily accessible on two wheels within 30 minutes.
Modern homes in demand
BE WEST and appointed agents KFH launched the 26 private sale apartments off-plan in spring 2022, with a third of homes already snapped up by keen purchasers.
Interest at the launch was extremely high. The fully booked event saw appointments with 15 potential purchasers over just two days.
BE WEST chose to partner with local experts, KFH and JLL, as specialist New Homes agents experienced in providing each customer with advice, relevant information, and a caring customer journey. High quality marketing materials are comprised of internal CGIs and a CGI video tour, giving buyers an insight into life at Hangar 16, alongside a detailed development brochure, individual floor plans, and an overview of the layouts for each floor, providing detail of the positioning for each apartment. Comprehensive specification is provided so that buyers are aware of the finish at the point of reservation.
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