Pics: Old Oak Common as a ‘thriving new district’

Pics: Old Oak Common as a 'thriving new district'
Designs by PLP/Architecture and Arup

In June 2013 London Mayor Boris Johnson set out his 30-year ‘vision’ to transform Old Oak Common into a thriving new district. We see how it’s doing.

In April 2015 he established the Old Oak and Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC), which acts as the Local Planning Authority for the area under the chairmanship of Deputy London Mayor Sir Edward Lister.

The area is also to get a new High Speed 2 and Crossrail stations.

QPR had sought to build a new stadium on the Cargiant land but failed.

The area is also home to recycling giant Powerday, which has revived use of the local canal network for industrial purposes.

Last week Cargiant, the biggest local landowner, released new sketches of the regeneration with development partners London & Regional Properties, calling the project “an exceptional new piece of London”.

Pics: Old Oak Common as a 'thriving new district'
Designs by PLP/Architecture and Arup

The designs by PLP/Architecture and Arup come after earlier consultations in the summer of 2015 and December 2014.

Cargiant had originally planned to build 9,000 homes on its site but scaled back numbers to allow for bigger parks and more open land.

Old Oak Park’s development director Geoff Springer, who called the regeneration one of the most important developments in London for a generation, said: “Old Oak Park is going to be an exceptional new piece of London – where we will create new homes at all tenures and price ranges, job opportunities that people can access, good schools, great parks and an incredible canal-side environment.

“At its heart will be a fascinating cultural quarter that will bring people from all over the capital, the UK and even the world, to this part of West London. We are committed to delivering that vision.”

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Cargiant wants the views of members of the public in West London about its proposed transformation of its 46-acre Old Oak Park site.

It says the plans will deliver 7,000 new homes and support 8,000 jobs.

Consultation events are being held at four venues in west London with a third consultation later in the year before a formal planning application is made.

Old Oak Park falls within the Old Oak and Park Royal regeneration area.

Cargiant falls within the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham while the Old Oak and Park Royal area stretches into Ealing and Brent.

The Old Oak and Park Royal regeneration scheme aims to create 24,000 new homes and 55,000 jobs.

But it is also planned that the redeveloped area would boast a “world famous cultural institution” with education facilities and an outreach programme for schools and the local community.

Other amenities would include:

  • a new London Overground Station at Hythe Road, between Willesden Junction and Shepherd’ Bush via a 200m viaduct,
  • a new Central Square at Hythe Road Overground station – the size of almost two football pitches and the heart of Old Oak Park, a dynamic centre with a cultural hub, community and sports facilities, shops and a local market
  • a primary school, community centres and healthcare services
  • a new High Street called Old Oak Walk – a 25 metre wide pedestrian thoroughfare, connecting Harlesden and Willesden Junction with the new Hythe Road station at Old Oak Park, then passing south over the canal to Old Oak Common station and Wormwood Scrubs.
  • A network of streets, and well lit parks and squares – including children’s play areas, public art, performance spaces and sports facilities
  • six different neighbourhood areas, each with a distinctive character and its own open space
  • transformation of the frontage around a 1.2km stretch of Grand Union Canal
  • fourteen new bridges and underpasses connecting with surrounding areas and delivering new bus routes and road, pedestrian and cycle links
  • shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and sports and leisure facilities
  • new energy centres and water management

Consultation events

  • January 29, 4pm-7pm: Cumberland House, 80 Scrubs Lane, White City
  • January 30, 10am-4pm: Linford Christie Stadium, Artillery Way, off Du Cane Road, Wormwood Scrubs
  • February 4, 3.30pm-7.30pm: Harlesden Methodist Church, 25 High Street
  • February 6, 10am-4pm: Harlesden Methodist Church, 25 High Street
  • February 11, 3.30pm-7.30pm: Holiday Inn London West, 4 Portal Way, North Acton
  • February 13, 10am-4pm: Holiday Inn London West, 4 Portal Way, North Acton


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