Harrow Council has approved its own plans for a new civic centre in Wealdstone.
The council plans to move from its current site on Station Road south of Wealdstone Station to a new site in Wealdstone High Street.
The new home for Harrow Council is the site of Peel House Car Park. The new, smaller building will be more efficient to run as well as deliver housing, commercial and affordable work space and car parking, and re-provide existing NHS and community uses.
The council say the project delivers a wider package of initiatives designed to improve the economic performance and quality of life in Wealdstone – which is the borough’s most deprived area.
It also aims to deliver new public space and improved public realm, better crossings and links to Byron Park and the Leisure Centre.
The plans were designed by Gort Scott Architects, Allies & Morrisson, and We Made That. They now go to the GLA as a matter of routine.
The current civic centre site on Station Road would then be redeveloped as “Poets’ Corner”. The plans for the 4.4 hectare site would deliver a residential led, mixed use scheme which involves demolishing all of the existing buildings and delivering about 850 new homes, including at least 200 build-to-rent units to be retained by the council. It would also deliver a new school, commercial and community space, and public realm and landscaping. Design on this scheme is being led by Stephen Taylor Architects.