Proposals for the Acton College site

Plans to deliver a brand new secondary school and sixth form college along with new homes on the Acton College site are being developed by LocatED, the Department for Education’s property company responsible for acquiring land and buildings for free school sites across England. Ark will run the new secondary school and sixth form – to be called Ark Soane Academy. Ark is nationally recognised as one of the highest achieving academy trusts and already operate two primary schools in Acton – Ark Priory and Ark Byron.

The new school will provide places for up to 1,200 students, 300 of which will be in the sixth-form which will help meet a significant need for new school places locally. We are now preparing plans to demolish the existing college buildings to create a purpose-built school. Our proposals will also deliver new high quality market and affordable homes on the site.

Please come along to a public exhibition of the proposals, meet the team and have your say.

Download our exhibition boards here.

A public exhibition was held on Thursday 2 November, 4pm-8pm and Saturday 4 November, 10am-2pm in the Acton Construction & STEM Centre, Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College, Acton, London, W3 8EA

The next steps in our proposals

Following the consultation feedback, some amendments have been made to our proposals and we are also now submitting the planning application in two phases.

The first phase has now been submitted which covers plans for a single new entrance building for the proposed school on Gunnersbury Lane as well as associated works and temporary facilities. We would like to deliver this as an early first phase, ahead of the rest of the scheme, in order to ensure that the new school is able to open for its first Year 7 intake in September 2019. Ealing Council has identified the need for additional pupil places in the local area by this key academic date to accommodate an increase in demand.

A second application, for the 1,200 place secondary school and sixth form college, as well as residential homes and other community benefits, will be submitted in late February.  Some of the key changes since the public exhibitions include:

  • Reducing the height of one of the buildings proposed (from nine to seven storeys) to improve views of the development from key locations in Acton Town Conservation Area.
  • Increasing the amount of affordable housing in our proposals, up to 21% (by habitable rooms) as part of the 100 new homes on the site.
  • Removing as much construction traffic as possible from Mill Hill Road, with all construction traffic for the first phase entering the site via Woodlands Avenue. The majority of construction traffic for the second phase will use Woodlands Avenue and we will liaise closely with local residents on this point.
For more information on the phasing and demolition works, please download our recent letters which were distributed to close neighbours, and our map below.

Get in touch

To find out more about the proposals and to speak to our team, please contact us below:

Freephone 0800 307 7264

Have your say

Please use the space below to provide us with your comments or ask any questions you may have.