To mark the official launch of Origin – which will bring more than 1000 jobs to Park Royal – SEGRO challenged the primary school children in Stonebridge ward to each write a poem on their vision of Brent in 2034.
Over 130 poems were submitted from Swaminarayan School, Mitchell Brook Primary School, Brentfield Primary School, Our Lady of Lourdes School and Stonebridge Primary School.
SEGRO’s CEO David Sleath announced that Sankhya Patel from Swaminarayan School was the winner – her school will receive a prize of £2000. The other schools will each receive a prize of £1000. The poems were sealed in a time capsule which will be buried on the site.
Councillor Ernest Ezeajughi, of Brent Council, said:”Origin is building hope for the future generation of Brent, especially the residents of Stonebridge.
“The poems I’ve read have all described a future which builds on the talent we already have in our community.”
It was also announced that Ocado will be the latest company to join other well-known brands, such as department store John Lewis and the quality greengrocer Mash Purveyors, at Origin. Ocado, the largest online food retailer in the world, has taken a 68,393 sq ft unit on a 15 year lease.
David Sleath, SEGRO Chief Executive, said: “While we can’t predict the future, we do know the needs of the consumer in 2034 will undoubtedly be different from the needs of today. Origin is the state-of the-art industrial development that will play an important part in helping meet the future consumer demands of London’s growing population – and subsequently the future demands of distribution and urban logistics.”