Harrow Council launches search for strategic development partner

Avison Young have been appointed to help the council find a private sector delivery partner for a multi-site regeneration opportunity in Harrow.

As part of a substantial regeneration and growth program for the borough, Harrow Council is putting forward a parcel of three council-owned sites in Wealdstone, looking to provide up to 100,000 sq ft of mixed-use development, including 1,500 new homes, a new civic centre and commercial use.

Kim Grieveson of real estate company Avison Young, comments: “Harrow is a forward-thinking borough that’s keen to get cracking on providing much-needed homes and regeneration for Wealdstone. This part of Harrow is currently undervalued, and has significant latent potential for growth.”

The sites have been under consideration for development for a number of years and are currently occupied by car parks, and an outdated 1960s civic centre, and known as Poets Corner (existing Civic Centre site, left), Peel Road (new Civic Centre, pictured above), and Byron Quarter (existing leisure centre site, below). They total just under 7ha. The council intends they would be developed by a joint venture with a partner – the Harrow Strategic Development Partnership.

Grieveson says “This is a rare opportunity to work with a highly motivated local authority, with an urgency to deliver. There is a wealth of stakeholder support for regeneration of the area, including public support and numerous other development projects planned or underway close by.”

Cllr Keith Ferry is Deputy Leader of Harrow Council and portfolio holder for Regeneration. “It’s time for us to get building!” he says. “We’ve put in the hard yards here at the council – and now we have Cabinet approval and public support for a dynamic mix of development across some of the best sites that Harrow has to offer. We’re now looking for a partner with the experience, expertise and commitment to see these projects through – and to share our aspirations for what we believe Wealdstone can become.”

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