A new ‘atlas’ to the 2,000 businesses based at Park Royal aims to ensure they can make the most of the proposed regeneration of Old Oak.
The Mayor of London’s office say that relatively little was known about the diversity of Park Royal’s businesses and their role in London’s economy until this mapping exercise was conducted. The survey identified that key sectors include food manufacturing and the film industry and that in the last year alone individual Park Royal businesses provided London with 240,000 bouquets of flowers, 300,000 rolls of sushi, 3,000 recording sessions and supplied 24,000 books to university libraries.
The eastern corner of Park Royal, known as Old Oak Common, is set to be transformed when a ‘super hub’ High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station is built by 2026. The Mayor hopes Old Oak Common will become a new district with up to 24,000 new homes and more than 55,000 jobs.
The Park Royal Atlas is the first ever detailed study of the capital’s largest industrial estate, often dubbed ‘London’s Kitchen’. It uses data collected from months of surveying and interviews to give an insight into what people produce, the facilities they operate from and improvements to the area they would like to see.
The study will inform policies and strategies for intensification and economic growth, support inward investment and celebrate and market the diverse services of Park Royal and its contribution to London’s economy.
The Atlas was launched today by Kit Malthouse Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise at Fit Out UK, a business based at Park Royal.
Kit Malthouse said: “Since its beginnings over a century ago, Park Royal has become one of the most significant industrial areas in Europe, boasting some hugely successful UK brands such as McVities, Carphone Warehouse and Diageo and employing more than 30,000 people. The arrival of HS2 and Crossrail will be a real game-changer for Park Royal. This fascinating, in-depth study of all of its business activities will ensure Park Royal can reap the benefits of the planned regeneration and continue to thrive and grow for another hundred years.”