Cllr Allan Kauffman, Mayor of Hillingdon, and Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council (pictured) got their spades into action at the ceremonial ground-breaking.
They joined developers from St Modwen outside the Grade II listed old cinema building to herald the first phase of the project.
St Andrews Park, which is being built on the 110-acre former RAF Uxbridge base on Hillingdon Hill, is a joint venture between VINCI plc and St Modwen Properties plc, managed by VSM Estates, and will take an estimated seven years to complete.
The proposed development will provide 1,340 new homes, 45 acres of public space, leisure facilities including a new theatre, a museum, and 20,000 sqm of commercial space for shops and businesses.
The council hopes St Andrew’s Park will encourage economic growth by expanding Uxbridge town centre. It will also provide a new primary school, GP surgery and supported housing for elderly residents.
Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: “St Andrew’s Park is a new beginning for the historic former RAF Uxbridge base, a visionary regeneration project that will give residents, businesses and community groups more opportunities to build their future in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
“This regeneration project represents a fantastic investment in our borough and will transform the 110-acre site into an attractive, modern development. Local people have shaped plans for St Andrew’s Park, ensuring it will truly meet their needs.”
Adam Norton, St Modwen’s Land Director, said: “We are delighted to begin the initial works on site at St Andrews Park and we look forward to progressing this important regeneration project over the coming years. We are excited about transforming the old RAF base into a new sustainable community right next to the town centre and thank the council and the public for their continued support.”
The first residential properties at St Andrew’s Park, approximately 450 homes, will be built by the Persimmon Group.