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    • Parisian
    • By Parisian 11th Sep 17, 6:58 PM
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    St Bernard's Gate, Hanwell, UB1 UB2
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    • 11th Sep 17, 6:58 PM
    St Bernard's Gate, Hanwell, UB1 UB2 11th Sep 17 at 6:58 PM
    Hii everybody,

    Has anyone here purchased an off-plan property at St Bernard's Gate, Hanwell?

    I reserved a 1 bed flat in December 2016, and upon exchanging was given the date of April 30th for completion.

    There has now been a long delay, with little information from the developer Catalyst. There has been no formal written information from Catalyst, however I have been speaking to the selling agent and my solicitor and there appears to be an issue with drainage, ground rent fee's (it doubles every 20 years) and service charge finalisation.

    The main issue appears to be the drainage - they are connected to the Ealing Hospital/ West London NHS Trust drainage next door and I have been told that they have not secured full legal authority to do so yet. If they do not secure this, then I am assuming other work may need to be done.

    Has anyone else purchased here, too? I thought it would be good for us to come together as I am sure there are quite a few as concerned as I am. Please respond here, or register and respond if you are finding this on a google search.

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    • pejmason
    • By pejmason 25th Oct 17, 5:33 PM
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    Hi all,
    I am also in the same boat. Reserved 6 months ago with the promise of an exchange fairly quickly, however this is turning into a longstanding nightmare. It is now three months to the day that Catalyst issued contracts that they expected me to sign on notice, which I have held off doing until a confirmed completion date.
    As it happens, I am one of the three councillors elected to represent the area south of Hanwell station, and am in the council's cabinet. I am trying to be incredibly careful about not crossing ethical lines to get this moving.
    I've been approached by a few people in the area who are buying and are particularly concerned about not meeting the Ealing schools admissions deadline in January, and others who have moved into temporary accommodation because of either having to sell within a chain, or because of tenancies coming to an end.
    I am making some progress getting to the bottom of what is going on, and what more the NHS trusts need to do to progress this. It would be incredibly helpful if I had some more examples of how this is affecting people, as well as linking us all up.
    I'd be very grateful if those on the thread could plug me into the loop and I can update likewise.
    • Parisian
    • By Parisian 25th Oct 17, 6:02 PM
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    Hii pejmason,

    Very good to hear from you. There are a group of us who have formed and are talking. Are you on Facebook? If yes, could you email Cain on He can add you to the private group, as he has admin rights. It would be good to speak more there.
    • pejmason
    • By pejmason 30th Oct 17, 1:12 PM
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    Hi all,
    I've made some progress. Not yet a member of the Facebook group (do I need to be invited?) but have some good news to share. My email for facebook is
    • Sweet_peas
    • By Sweet_peas 30th Oct 17, 1:44 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    I am also in the (paused) process of purchasing a flat at St Bernards Gate. From my recent talks with both my solicitor and Catalyst staff, the drainage problems are basically stuck in bureaucracy for the foreseeable future. Very glad I didn't put notice on my current flat!

    Chris originally told me August-September, which is interesting given what some other members have said they were told.
    • pejmason
    • By pejmason 30th Oct 17, 8:00 PM
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    Over the past week I have spoken to senior execs at both West London Mental Health Trust, as well as in Catalyst.
    The legal easement works over the sewage pipe that runs through the site were finally done last week. Deeds have been signed and this is now clear.
    Catalyst told me today that they will begin releasing contracts for exchange from next Monday for block 2 (Ellis) and then a little later for block 2 (Connolly). Our solicitors should have now received an updated service charge schedule, which will also go to our lenders for those of us needing a mortgage.
    Theoretically at least this should mean that move dates could happen in November.
    I am happy to keep anyone posted on what progress I make.
    Very best,
    • David_Nelson
    • By David_Nelson 6th Nov 17, 5:58 PM
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    Anybody had an update today on exchange??
    • conyek
    • By conyek 21st Nov 17, 10:52 PM
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    Hi all

    I've just found this thread and would like to connect with you all as I am and have been in the same position as you since Feb this year.

    • AllieF24
    • By AllieF24 10th Feb 18, 10:27 PM
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    Hi all

    Would be interested to know how you are all getting on? I am looking at shared ownership properties and recently came across St Bernard's Gate - I found this thread when I was doing some background searches (partly because I was pretty sure they weren't officially in Hanwell). If you have finally moved in I would love to know how you find the area and commuting? I currently rent in East Acton. Also how are the flats and any correspondence/support you have needed from Catalyst?
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