Boris Johnson helped SEGRO, Premier Inn and Beefeater officially open the new fully-let development at 500 Riverside Way, Uxbridge.
As well as the industrial element, the development includes a 38,500 sq ft 80-bed Premier Inn Hotel and a Beefeater Grill restaurant, built for Whitbread.
SEGRO also announced signing of the speculatively built 27,243 sq. ft. light industrial unit to Steljes, a distributor of interactive technology products. Steljes are new to the area.
SEGRO has built and let over 120,000 sq. ft. in Hillingdon in the last 18 months and worked with Hillingdon Borough Council and Uxbridge College to deliver an employment and skills programme that has helped local residents into work.
The employment initiative was formed between SEGRO, Hillingdon Borough Council, Uxbridge College, Job Centre Plus and Whitbread with the aim to provide training for unemployed local residents in catering, hospitality, business administration and customer services – ultimately providing a sustainable workforce for the hotel and restaurant operator.
During the course of construction, SEGRO and McLaren Construction, the site contractor delivered 57 construction apprenticeship weeks, 10 weeks of work experience and 33 weeks of local resident employment on site. The teams also spent time with local educational organisations, including Uxbridge College, Haydon, Barn Hill and Bishop Ramsey Schools.
Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, said: “I have seen first-hand at Uxbridge College how working with developers, like SEGRO, on local projects is helping with skills training and I am delighted to have the opportunity to meet with all the partners involved in this initiative.”
Andy Gulliford, Chief Operating Officer at SEGRO, also said: “Riverside Way is a great example of how working together with our partners can deliver for the local business and community. As well as developing and leasing modern sustainable buildings that attract inward investment to the borough, we are proud to have played a part in creating employment opportunities for local people.
“Going forward, our strategy is to continue to provide high quality space for industrial occupiers in Hillingdon and throughout London to enable businesses to thrive and we look forward to developing our partnerships further.”
Paul Flaum, Managing Director of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said: “Across both Premier Inn and Beefeater we’ve recruited 68 new passionate and knowledgeable team members.”