Cargiant has appointed a team of consultants and developers to bring forward plans for their Park Royal site, which is at the heart of Old Oak.
The site is key to plans to regenerate the area using the proposed interchange between Crossrail and HS2.
Cargiant has appointed PLP Architects, First Base and Lipton Rogers to advise them on the redevelopment of the 45 acre site which has been the subject of a variety of plans for new office space, homes, and as a location for a new stadium for Queens Park Rangers. The GLA vision for the area does not feature its continued use as a large automotive showroom.
Cargiant’s owner, Tony Mendes, had previously issued a statement describing reports of plans for Old Oak as “inaccurate”. The statement said the regeneration of Old Oak Common is “a complex issue and may take significantly longer to finalise than some parties are anticipating”. In particular, it singled out plans for the QPR stadium as “speculative and presumptuous”, saying that Cargiant has not entered into any exclusivity agreement with QPR.
Cargiant needs to be relocated for the vision for Old Oak to be realised. There had been speculation it could move to the former Guinness Brewery site, now being speculatively developed as Origin by SEGRO, but the Gargiant statement says that no progress has been made in identifying a suitable site, although they remain in dialogue with the relevant authorities.
Cargiant says it is the largest business of its kind in the world, with over 750 employees.