It seems impossible, right? How could one be within easy commuting distance to Birmingham, on the one hand, and Central London, on the other? Yet, by 2026, the construction of Old Oak Common station in West London near Willesden Junction will be complete, heralding the only station with crossover between HS2 and Crossrail. Consequently, the site will be a world-class transport super-hub, standing strongly and rightly so, as one of the country’s most connected and accessible places.
What’s planned for the surrounding area?
650 hectares have been earmarked for significant redevelopment which will be overseen by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) – to enhance coordination of development and regeneration, and guarantee the project maximises its potential. Situated in West London and spanning across the three boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham, the regeneration will create a vibrant new area; a community that not only London, but the UK can be proud of too.
The project aims to transform one of London’s most inaccessible brownfield sites into a well-connected, thriving community by the mid-2020s; both delivering 25,500 new homes that integrate affordability, innovative urban design and sustainable living, and generating 65,000 new jobs through creation of a new commercial hub which is set to boost the UK economy by approximately £7bn a year. This should significantly help to alleviate the UK’s substantial housing pressures, as well as contribute towards increasing London’s growth and cementing its ‘global city’ position.
The first areas targeted for redevelopment are along Scrubs Lane on the East edge of the OPDC area. Planning at these sites is at the final stages, so expect to see cranes starting to move in later in 2018, before slowly sweeping west through to Hanger Lane over the next 10-20 years.
Here at Propio we realise the huge potential of the OPDC area for both developers and investors and are searching for projects to help us stay at the forefront of this expansive regeneration.