Council plans new Civic Centre for Harrow College Site

Harrow_civic_and_car_park_small There’s been a new twist in the story of the Harrow College redevelopment – as the Council is reported to be thinking of moving in.

The present CIvic Centre site (pictured above) in Wealdstone is known to be the subject of a redevelopment plan, with hopes to more effectively link Harrow-on-the-Hill to Wealdstone with more continuous development on space currently occupied by surface car parking.

And the College redevelopment plans have been stalled since the COuncil’s decision to refuse planning permission for the redevelopment of the College’s Harrow-on-the-Hill campus as residential citing scale (and particularly height).

Harrow_college_cgi A move by the Council to shift its administration to the present College site could unlock both the new College Campus plans designed by MacCormac Jamieson Prichard (pictured left) already granted permission by the Council, and the redevelopment of the Council’s present home next to Wealdstone station.

Harrow Council told the Harrow Observer it might relocate its headquarters – including administrative offices, committee rooms and the council chamber – from Station Road to Lowlands Road in five years.

Councillor Tony Ferrari (Conservative), portfolio holder for major contracts and property, told the Observer: “By working together with Harrow College, we are showing real leadership to revitalise the heart of the town centre despite a difficult financial climate. This deal, once finalised, will also give us the opportunity to either develop a new town hall or control any sensitive private development when the market recovers and protect the views from Harrow on the Hill. It would also be more accessible for residents and provide overall a better quality customer experience. The earliest potential date that staff would move is in April 2013. This purchase would also give the council the additional option to allow the present civic centre to be developed to build new commercial offices or housing.”

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