Brentford Morrisons plans signed off

Hounslow Council have signed off the plans for the demolition of the Morrisons supermarket in Brentford, and its replacement by a new supermarket and 221 homes.

The plans, by Essential Living, were approved in 2017, but the final details have only just been settled, including the final affordable content.

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New Chiswick Park footbridge construction on schedule

The construction of the new public footbridge to connect Chiswick Park to Chiswick Park Tube Station is moving ahead as scheduled, with preparations underway to install the bridge’s three individual spans in the next few months as it moves into Phase 3. The modern steel bridge is due to open in December 2018.

Construction work began last year after an agreement was signed between Chiswick Park, the London Borough of Hounslow, the London Borough of Ealing, Network Rail and Transport for London. Since then, two connecting spans of bridge were built on-site, ready to be lifted into place over the railway in June. Later on this month, a 1,500 ton crawler crane will be delivered to allow the operation. The third bridge span will also be built on site in July and is expected to be craned into position in September using the same crawler crane.

“This is an exciting time for Chiswick Park. The footbridge continues to meet our construction schedule targets and we are very pleased with the progress. We remain focused on the delivery, which will reduce congestion at Gunnersbury tube station and ease the daily commute of over 9,000 workers on the park as well as local residents and visitors”, said Matt Coulson, CEO Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work.

The new pedestrian bridge will reduce walking time between the Business Park and Chiswick Park Tube Station to around four minutes. It will also improve the connection to the wider transport network with the opening of the Elisabeth Line at Ealing Broadway also due to launch in December 2018.

Chiswick Park houses 65 of some of the world’s leading companies such as QVC, Discovery, Starbucks or Danone. The 1.8 million sq ft Business Park is entirely managed by property management company, Enjoy-Work, which provides a range of services, facilities and entertainment for its guests on the park.

Lendlease is overseeing the development of the new footbridge.

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Upstream Friday kicks off in Hammersmith & Fulham

The first ever Upstream Friday will be held this week.

Upstream is the joint venture between London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and Imperial College London. Its mission is to make Hammersmith & Fulham a leading destination for tech and creative industries and to help transform White City into an innovation district.

This Friday, 18 May, the very first Upstream Friday will be held – where Upstream welcomes startups, innovators and businesses to trial working in the borough.

Meet ups, promotional offers and free coworking space are on offer throughout the day. And, for the very first time, Silicon Drinkabout is coming to West London.

So hurry, spaces are going fast. You can find out more about Upstream, how you can get involved and sign up to Upstream Fridays at www.move-upstream.org.uk

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Brent names Cabinet

Brent Council has named the new Cabinet, following the local election, with Leader and member for regeneration unchanged.

Cllr Muhammed Butt remains Leader of the Council with Cllr Shama Tatler stayng asmember for Regeneration, Highways and Planning.

Cllr Margaret McLennan is Deputy Leader of the Council, with Cllr Krupa Sheth member for Environment, Cllr Amer Agha member for Schools, Employment & Skills and Cllr Eleanor Southwood member for Housing and Welfare Reform.

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Investec backs Floreat at Old Vinyl Factory

Investec Structured Property Finance has provided Floreat’s real estate team with a £19.3m five-year facility to support its acquisition of a 99,990 sq ft office building at The Old Vinyl Factory.

Floreat has bought the Shipping Building in Hayes which is part of the U+I redevelopment of the former EMI record factory, which at one time accommodated 22,000 workers.

The building is let to seven occupiers including Air transport technology company SITA, wireless hi-fi pioneers Sonos and IT providers CHAMP Cargo Systems. Floreat plans to refurbish some of the office space.

The wider £250m regeneration of The Old Vinyl Factory will provide 642 homes, 500,000 sq ft of office space and a variety of restaurants and shops once complete.

Jonathan Long, at Investec Structured Property Finance, commented: “The Shipping Building is well-let and carries asset management opportunities as well as the ability to drive reversion. This is our first transaction with Floreat and we look forward to building on this relationship in the future, backed by our expertise including development and investment funding across different sectors.”

Gavin Booth, Investment Director at Floreat, added: “The regeneration of the Old Vinyl Factory, together with the arrival of Crossrail, presents a compelling investment opportunity and supports our longer-term strategy of investing in growth locations both in London and the rest of the UK.”

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Wembley sale less likely?

A sale of Wembley Stadium to Fulham FC’s owner seems less likely, according to reports.

The BBC reports that the Football Association briefed its Council on the potential sale where the idea received a hostile reaction. The FA Council would have to approve any transaction.

Fulham’s owner, Shahid Khan, had put together an offer worth around £900m for the stadium, suggesting the surplus generated could be ploughed in to imroving the technical capabilities and facilities enjoyed by future generations of English footballers.

The BBC also reports that English Football League members feel they should share in any surplus. Chief executive Shaun Harvey has said the professional game, including the 72 Championship, League One and League Two members, would be due 50% of what remained after outstanding costs had been met.

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Publicis agrees TV Centre move

Publicis Media has announced it is moving its six media agency brands and supporting practices, with more than 2,000 staff, into the BBC’s former home.

Following a £1.5billion makeover by the developers Stanhope, Mitsui and AIMCo, Television Centre is at the heart of a revitalised media hub and, say Publicis, is “a fitting home for a dynamic media company”.

Publicis Media will occupy 212,000 square feet across seven floors with each agency brand – Starcom, Zenith, Digitas, Spark Foundry, Blue 449 and Performics – on separate floors with their own distinct brand personality, culture and secure space.

Neighbours at the development include the BBC who have three working studios on the historic site as well as ITV Studios who broadcast Daytime TV from Television Centre, the headquarters of both The White Company and BBC Worldwide and the newly-opened Soho House club, White City House which includes a 45 bedroom hotel.

Sue Frogley, CEO Publicis Media UK, and Phil Georgiadis, Chairman Publicis Media UK, are leading the project with the aim of completing the move into the new office building, 2 Television Centre, by the second quarter of 2019.

Sue Frogley, Chief Executive Officer Publicis Media UK, said: “We will become a beacon for best practice in our sector as this location will allow us to nurture the most fertile and dynamic media agency environment.

“The space will provide our people and our clients with the expertise and agility that such a proposition provides by bringing together the brand and practice model in one location.

“We have considered this move long and hard and really believe that in these transformational times we need to make transformational decisions.”

David Camp, Chief Executive of Stanhope, said: “We are delighted to welcome Publicis Media to Television Centre alongside the arrival of Soho House and iconic restaurant Bluebird and the broadcast of ITV daytime shows and other flagship BBC programmes from the studios again.

“Together with the owners Mitsui and AIMCo, Stanhope has transformed Television Centre into a new media hub as part of a wider regeneration and transformation of White City which includes a new business district for tech, creative and life sciences companies at White City Place.”

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Heathrow soars

Heathrow set new records in April, with cargo growing for the 21st month in a row.

6.6 million passengers travelled through the Airport in April. Combined with March’s figures, underlying passenger growth at Heathrow over the two months was 1.4%. For the first time, more than 13 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in March and April.

Passenger growth was strongest for domestic and emerging markets. South Asia (+3.6%), Africa (+3.1%) and the UK (+0.8%) were the best performers in April, largely due to airlines flying larger, fuller aircraft to these destinations.

Cargo enjoyed its 21st consecutive record month, as trade growth at the UK’s largest port by value increased by 2.3%, compared to the same time last year.

The US (+4.1%), India (+7.1%) and China (+10.9%) – the three biggest economies of the 21st century – were among the fastest growing countries for cargo.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “We’re seeing more passengers and trade flow through Heathrow than ever before. A third runway is a tremendous opportunity to grab a greater share of this global growth for Britain and we’re counting on our politicians to seize it with a “yes” vote on Heathrow expansion this summer.”

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Capital West London launches news service

Today marks the start of Capital West London’s news service, bringing you all the latest regeneration and economic development updates from around the area. Live news will be uploaded at – capitalwestlondon.co.uk/news – with an email newsletter rounding up the best stories every fortnight and delivered to a targeted audience of business leaders. You can sign up for the newsletter here.

The brainchild of the West London Alliance, Capital West London is a ground-breaking new partnership aimed at guaranteeing the future economic prosperity of their seven boroughs – Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow.

The news service will be delivered in association with lookwestlondon.com, who have been providing a growing audience with their favourite source of economic development and regeneration updates for the past 10 years.

Jackie Sadek, CEO of UK regeneration, said: “This has been a great news service for many years, playing an important role in keeping those with an interest in West London’s regeneration up to date with all the latest developments affecting the area.

“I am sure by coming under the Capital West London banner, the service will deliver even better for West London’s stakeholders. These are exciting times for the sub-region, with so many developments up and running and opportunities found in all of the seven boroughs.

“Capital West London has a huge part to play in ensuring continued economic growth, and the news service will keep us all informed along the way.”

Ross Sturley, Principal of Chart Lane, who deliver lookwestlondon.com, said: “Research has proved lookwestlondon is far-and-away the best-read publication among the West London economic development and regeneration community. This new merger with Capital West London will only help us grow the audience further.

“By working together, and with the West London Alliance involved, we will be able to devote more resources and we will certainly have much more impact both inside the region and out. We are excited to play a growing part in West London’s thriving economy.”

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Business and unions back Heathrow expansion

The British Chambers of Commerce and the TUC came together at Heathrow to urge politicians to support expanding the Airport.

British Chambers of Commerce Director General Dr Adam Marshall said: “Business communities across the UK are clear – it’s time to get on with the job of expanding Heathrow, and we are counting on our politicians to give this vital project the green light. Expansion will deliver business opportunities for suppliers around the UK, new domestic flights into our hub airport, bring in more overseas investment and tourism, and help British firms reach trade opportunities around the world. It’s time to crack on.”

TUC Head of Organisation, Services and Skills Kevin Rowan said: “Expanding Heathrow will unlock thousands of jobs and millions of pounds in economic benefits at a critical time for workers across the UK. With thousands of new jobs, a doubling of the number of airport apprenticeships to 10,000 and billions in economic benefits on offer at no cost to the taxpayer – we urge our politicians to back Britain’s workers by expanding Heathrow.”

The project would be among the largest infrastructure projects in Europe, and Heathrow says it has secured the support of Britain’s major business groups and trade unions because of the effect it would have on growth in British trade, and that it would create thousands of jobs.

The Government has committed to put the National Policy Statement to Parliament before summer 2018. This would, should they follow their stated preference for expansion at Heathrow, set out the framework planning permission.

Heathrow’s research suggests that 75% of MPs backing expansion at West London’s airport.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Expanding Heathrow is a fantastic opportunity to secure a prosperous future for Britain. We’ll create tens of thousands of new skilled jobs, drive billions of pounds of economic growth across the country and with an affordable, financeable plan that treats local people fairly. With the clear support of Britain’s trade unions and businesses, our politicians can be confident it’s the right decision for Britain. The world is waiting for an expanded Heathrow and we’re ready to deliver.”

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Sadiq publishes environmental strategy

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out a vision for London’s environment in 2050, which aims to make the city a greener, cleaner and healthier place by targeting London’s air quality, increasing its green cover and making London a zero-carbon city by 2050 with energy efficient buildings, clean transport and energy and increasing recycling.

The Mayor says the strategy brings together approaches to every aspect of London’s environment in one integrated document.

The final draft of the Mayor’s Environment Strategy includes new measures to improve London’s air, including air quality concentration maps and bringing forward from 2025 to 2020 the introduction of zero-emission zones (ZEZ) in some town centres. Sadiq wants to achieve legal limits on NO2 well before it is required in 2025, and to adopt tighter World Health Organization recommended air quality guidelines. The Mayor says to achieve this he needs additional resources and powers ‎from Government.

It also includes plans for London to be the world’s first “National Park City”, and a tougher target to cut London’s food waste by 50 per cent per person by 2030, as well as aiming to increase London’s current solar capacity by 20 times, and for a 40 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from 1990 levels in 2018-2022, which is a greater reduction than that set by Government, and which is compliant with the Paris climate agreement to limit global climate change to 1.5 degrees.

It suggests a new definition of green infrastructure to ensure rivers and wetlands are recognised as critical components of the green infrastructure network.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This strategy sets out my plans to clean up our filthy air with bold new air quality measures, tackle waste and promote cleaner energy so we can make London a healthier city that adapts to the impacts of climate change. We must also protect, improve and add to our outstanding green spaces as we aim to become the world’s first National Park City.

Sadiq also wants the energy market to work better for Londoners so he is issuing the tender to set up an energy supply company as part of his Energy for Londoners programme. From next week, suppliers will be invited to work innovatively with the Mayor to deliver fairer energy prices to Londoners, supporting fuel poor homes and offering a green tariff.

In addition, the Mayor will fund thousands more trees and improvements to community green spaces, and help London’s boroughs invest in parks. The Mayor has directly funded the planting of over 70,000 trees, with City Hall partners planting an additional 40,000 in 2016/17. A further £4 million has been committed to support more tree planting.

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Blackrock lets at Heathrow Logistics Park

Blackrock Real Assets UK has signed James Cargo Services to a unit at Heathrow Logistics Park.

James Cargo will occupy a 34,500 sq ft on the park, and are the first tenants. 290,000 sq ft remains to let in three other buildings on the Bedfont park.

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Hill to build with Origin

Origin Housing has agreed a partnership with Hill to deliver a 204 home scheme in Harrow.

Hill will build the scheme on the Cumberland Hotel and Victoria Hall sites, which was consented in 2016, and which will provide 123 flats for private sale, alongside 54 for shared ownership and 27 for affordable rent.

It is in the Heart of Harrow Housing Zone.

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Origin Housing has agreed a partnership with Hill to deliver a 204 home scheme in Harrow.

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Great Places focuses on Park Royal

OPDC has published an Open Call briefing for Artists’ Expressions of Interest for a new project which aims to uncover, celebrate and showcase the industrial heritage of Park Royal by connecting it to the lived experience of its current communities and businesses.

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation has been awarded funding from the National Lottery, through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of their Great Place Scheme initiative. The goal of the scheme is to ensure that art, culture and heritage are at the heart of the major development planned for the area.

To achieve this, a three-year cultural programme is being developed which aims to help shape and influence the development plans for Old Oak. A major part of the programme will be an Annual Art Commission and OPDC are now seeking Expressions of Interest from artists to work with communities and businesses to deliver a project which responds to the industrial heritage of Park Royal.

The call is open to individual artists, or groups of artists, with a commitment to understanding the local context. The Annual Art Commission will be managed and delivered by Create London, the Creative Programming Partner for OPDC’s Great Place Scheme.

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OPDC picks We Made That for Park Royal centre

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation has appointed ‘We Made That’ as the Masterplanners for Park Royal Centre.

The OPDC draft Local Plan formally designated the area around Park Royal Road and Coronation Road (shown in the pictures) as a new neighbourhood centre, and now OPDC has appointed ‘We Made That’ masterplanners to plan the delivery of 3,000 sqm of new town centre floorspace, space for 1,400 new jobs and 650 new homes.

The Park Royal Centre masterplan will explore how congestion in and around the Park Royal estate can be reduced, how Central Middlesex Hospital can be better integrated, how the new homes and jobs can be accommodated, where the 3,000sqm of new town Centre floorspace can go, and what early activation projects and public-realm enhancements can be delivered to create a safer and more improved and pleasant place for people to work and live in and travel through.

OPDC, in collaboration with the London Borough of Brent, Brent Clinical Commissioning Group, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust and Central Middlesex Hospital, have appointed ‘We Made That’ to translate their ambitious vision into a deliverable plan. The emerging masterplan will be discussed at a public consultation event in July, with the final masterplan expected to be completed in early Autumn.

Liz Peace CBE, OPDC Chairman said: “OPDC is working hard to plan for the whole of Old Oak and Park Royal. The Centre of Park Royal is home to the incredibly important Central Middlesex Hospital and an Asda Superstore along with lots of local businesses that are all hugely important in supporting the communities, not only within the OPDC area, but also the wider communities across Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham.”

Oliver Goodhall, Partner at We Made That said: “Park Royal Centre masterplan programme is an incredibly exciting opportunity to bring to fruition some of the crucial early moves in a bold and ambitious project, whilst also shaping its long-term trajectory for a new designated neighbourhood within a unique industrial context”.

Park Royal is home to over 2,000 businesses and more than 60,000 jobs. It is the UK’s largest industrial estate with 2,227 ha of industrial land. The vacancy rate is just 2% and rents of £17.50/sq ft are being achieved. Contributing £2.1billion in Gross Value Added to the UK economy, it is home to world-leading businesses like Diageo and GSK.

The estate, sometime’s called “London’s Kitchen”, or “London’s Bread Basket” becaue of its importance to the capital’s food supply network, is also rich in companies from the logistics sector and the film industry.

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Great Places focuses on Park Royal

OPDC has published an Open Call briefing for Artists’ Expressions of Interest for a new project which aims to uncover, celebrate and showcase the industrial heritage of Park Royal by connecting it to the lived experience of its current communities and businesses.

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OPDC picks We Made That for Park Royal centre

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation has appointed ‘We Made That’ as the Masterplanners for Park Royal Centre.

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New Old Oak Crossrail depot opens

Transport for London has begun operations at a new, purpose-built train depot at Old Oak Common in a major delivery milestone for London’s new railway, the Elizabeth line (Crossrail).

The depot will house and maintain up to 42 of the line’s 70 new trains at a time. The maintenance infrastructure at Old Oak Common will play a critical role in the day-to-day operation of the Elizabeth line when it launches in 2019.

Old Oak Common depot has come into service as TfL prepares for the introduction of TfL Rail services in West London later this month. As a precursor to the Elizabeth line launch in December, TfL Rail will take over the Heathrow Connect service between Paddington and Heathrow Terminals 2/3 and 4 from Sunday 20 May.

Over thirty per cent of TfL’s new maintenance facility will be powered by a renewable energy system, adding sustainability credentials to the TfL network. The hybrid renewable energy system integrates ground source heating and cooling from a combination of energy piles and 150m deep bore holes, with three different types of thermal technologies creating a system which will help to control the temperature of the main depot building. Old Oak Common is the first rail depot in the UK to introduce such measures to this extent.

Howard Smith, Operations Director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth line, said: “It’s great to see the progress that has been made at Old Oak Common since work began four years ago. Our new depot will not only allow us to introduce our new TfL Rail service from Paddington to Heathrow Airport this month, but it will also be home to the new Elizabeth line train fleet. Old Oak Common will be vital in helping us to maintain our 70 brand new trains over the years to come.”

From Sunday 20 May, new Elizabeth line trains stabled at Old Oak Common will initially run from Paddington to Hayes & Harlington, with the Heathrow Connect trains continuing to operate to the airport. For the first time, customers will be able to use pay as you go with Oyster and contactless on the whole route between Paddington and Heathrow with daily fare capping limiting the cost of travel to and from the airport.

MTR Crossrail will operate the Elizabeth line on TfL’s behalf.

Built by Taylor Woodrow, the civil engineering division of VINCI Construction, Old Oak Common depot has 33 stabling roads, and nine roads for the heavy maintenance of wheels, motors and other rail components. An on-site train wash facility will see that trains are deep-cleaned on a regular basis. Bombardier – who are building TfL’s 70-strong fleet of Elizabeth line trains – will operate the facility as part of a 32 year-long construction and maintenance contract.

Bombardier employs 80 staff at Old Oak Common, including eight apprentices, who are engaged in train testing and maintenance. This will increase to 110 by the summer, including an additional eight apprentices.

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St Modwen sells in Wembley

St. Modwen has agreed the sale of its Wembley Central shopping centre to an undisclosed buyer.

St Modwen had developed the Dexter Moren Associates designed 118,000 sq ft shopping centre and 86-bed Travelodge on top of Wembley Central station, completing in 2012. 

Mark Allan, Chief Executive, St. Modwen, said: “(This sale is) in line with our strategic objective to increase our portfolio focus on assets with better structural growth characteristics and our intention to sell £100-150 million of retail and small assets during 2018.”

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