LandSec submit Kodak plans

harrow view 3d visualisation jan 2012Land Securities have submitted an outline planning application for the redevelopment of the Kodak factory site in Wealdstone.

The plans, led by CBRE and designed by BDP, involve the demolition of around 90,000sqm of existing industrial buildings, and redevelopment to provide 6,000sqm of retail, including a 2,800sqm foodstore, 36,000sqm of employment space, a primary school, a community centre, a health centre, a care home, 120 units of student accomodation, 100 senior living units, an 80 bed care home, and 985 new homes, mainly family houses, which have been designed to meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

LandSec say the Harrow View scheme will provide a range of flexible employment uses, including space for offices, small and medium-sized enterprises, business units and storage.  The employment space provided within the plans has the potential to accomodate an estimated 1,500 new jobs.

harrow view illustrative masterplan jan 2012This would occupy a ten acre portion of the factory site not presently used by Kodak for production, and the vacant neighbouring 20 acre sports ground previously occupied by Zoom Leisure.

Colette O’Shea, Head of Development, London Portfolio for Land Securities, said: “We are delighted to announce the submission of the Harrow View Outline Planning Application.  It has the potential to bring increased dynamism and energy to this part of the borough, whilst providing the public green space and amenities we know the local community wants.”

The proposals have been designed with the flexibility for Kodak to either remain in operation on its core site for an extended period, or reconfigure its facilities elsewhere on the site if the company chooses to do so.

Brian McGowan, Site Manufacturing Manager, Kodak Limited said:   “Kodak has transformed into a successful digital company and as a result of this transition, a number of buildings have been demolished and there will be further consolidation of our site. Our arrangement with Land Securities realises the development opportunity presented by land surplus to our requirements.”

McGowan also stressed Kodak are staying in the borough: “We have been, and will continue to be, part of the Harrow community.”

LandSec have also planned in a significant amount of new green open space.  A new park would frame the setting of Headstone Manor, a Grade I listed building adjacent to the site, with wildflower meadows, playgrounds and water features.  A series of attractive public spaces are proposed, taking the existing composition of the site from predominately hard surfaces and buildings, with just 17% of private green space, to nearly 40% private and public green space.

Stephen Neal, Development Director for Land Securities, said: “New jobs, homes, shops and public open spaces are at the heart of the collective vision for the site. Employment and homes will be supported by a range of community uses, such as a new primary school, care home, health centre and retail facilities. These facilities will play an important role in creating an attractive and welcoming environment; bringing vitality and linking the site to the surrounding areas.

“Through the provision of homes and the creation of jobs, the proposals seize the opportunity to redefine suburban living, enabling Harrow to once again be at the leading edge of energising the leafy residential suburbs of outer London to deliver growth, quality of life and prosperity.”

The Kodak site lies within an identified intensification area covering Harrow town centre, Station Road and Wealdstone – the “Heart of Harrow” – where the council wants to see 3,000 jobs created and 2,500 new homes over 15 years.

Land Securities hope to start on site in 2013, with the full programme taking a decade to build out.

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