Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) has opened the doors to some of its fascinating buildings and businesses for London’s Open House weekend to uncover the heritage and culture at the heart of the area.
The programme designed by OPDC and Open House, working with local businesses, is an invitation to visitors to find out more about sites of interest, key landmarks and the industrial heritage of Northern Europe’s largest industrial area.
The OPDC was established by the Mayor of London to oversee one of the UK’s largest regeneration schemes, delivering 25,500 new homes and creating 65,000 new jobs in west London. The total boundary area of Old Oak and Park Royal covers 650 hectares. Park Royal is home to 2,000 businesses employing more than 40,000 people. This key industrial land provides London with 240,000 bouquets of flowers, 300,000 rolls of sushi, 240,000 books to university libraries, and £2.1 billion to the UK economy.
During Open House weekend (22-23 September 2018) there is a full programme of walking tours and activities aiming to unravel the stories of industry, film and transport in the area. Businesses opening their doors include the famous Ace Cafe, The Collective co-living and co-working building and The Old Torpedo Factory.
Liz Peace CBE, Chairman, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, said: “I am delighted that we are able to offer some of the unique places in Park Royal as participants in this festival. This has been made possible by the generous injection of funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Art’s Council England who are supporting OPDC in a three-year programme that uses arts and heritage-based activities, including this collaboration for Open House weekend, to uncover and showcase the fascinating but little-known history of Park Royal.
“It is through programmes and partnerships like these that local residents and businesses can be genuinely involved in shaping the future regeneration of Old Oak – but also ensuring that its exciting past is not forgotten.”