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The regeneration magazine of the London Borough of Ealing/issue 05/spring ‘14

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News – what is happening in Ealing’s regeneration story

up and coming talent

We meet the leading lights of Ealing’s creative talent wave, from employable artists to gourmet entrepreneurs

crossrail – gVa

A look at the impact of Crossrail so far, from journeys to investment decisions


We locate the borough’s opportunity sites and regeneration schemes


A summary of some of Ealing’s major development schemes and potential projects


The huge gas works project leads development in up-and-coming Southall


A look at the homebuilders investing in Ealing


A new 14-platform super interchange at Old Oak Common will provide rapid access to and from the capital, levering investment


Ealing’s reputation as a pro-cycling borough goes from strength-to-strength


A focus on the major opportunity at Middlesex Business Centre in Southall

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Benson Elliot, a leading private equity investor, acquired the 2.8 acre Arcadia site in Ealing Broadway, London W5 in December 2012. in 2013 and was forward sold to Pramerica Real Estate Investors in January 2014, demonstrating the retailer and working on plans for the second phase, a major mixed use retail and residential scheme. The site is served by two London Underground lines and mainline rail services from Paddington to Heathrow and the west, and will see Crossrail arrive in 2018.




Projects and initiatives from Ealing’s regeneration

warren Farm deal sIgned wIth Qpr FC Warren Farm in Southall is set to be transformed after a deal was signed between Ealing Council and Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR). Under the development agreement, QPR will build a new multi-purpose community sports complex and training facility, a base for the club’s training academy as well as giving local people access to high-quality community and sports facilities. The plan will see improved football turf pitch and multi-use games areas suitable for sports such as netball

and tennis. A Community Sports Development Programme (CSDP) has also been drawn up as part of the agreement, which will see QPR offer sports programmes and other community activities to local people. QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said: “We are committed to building the club in the right way and putting in place the foundations for success in the future. “The academy is an important part of this, and this agreement is the next step in strengthening the long-term prospects of QPR.”

Crosstree buys Carphone warehouse CrossraIl sIte Investor Crosstree has bought Carphone Warehouse’s former headquarters in Acton. Real Estate Partners has invested outside of central London, the company bought the 1.8-ha site near Acton Main Line in anticipation of a Crossrail boost come 2018. It is also close to Old Oak Common, where both Crossrail and, from 2026,

High Speed 2 trains, could be running. It is thought to have potential for residential or student accommodation. The existing 14,089sq m building at 1 Portal Way includes a 164-space underground car park and a 71-space surface car park. It is currently only two storeys tall and so is thought to offer strong redevelopment potential. The deal has been reported as being worth around £40 million.

Independent panel to revIew CrossraIl statIon desIgns Crossrail has agreed that an independent panel should review the design of Ealing’s stations. It comes after Ealing Council appointed architects HOK and John McAslan + Partners to improve the design of the proposed Ealing Broadway and Southall Crossrail stations. For Ealing Broadway, HOK has been asked to review and amend plans drawn up by Crossrail. New designs will seek to improve the look and feel of the station building, including redesigning the canopy and facade. At Southall station, councilemployed architects John McAslan + Partners will work with Crossrail to improve the station’s appearance and make it easier to use. In particular, the council wants to harness the station’s contribution to the regeneration of the area, including proposed developments at Southall Gas Works, Middlesex Business Park and in the town centre. Council leader Julian Bell said: “We know Crossrail will bring huge regeneration already taking place. But we’re also determined to ensure we get the best possible station designs. Experience shows good design brings Crossrail to develop an innovative increasing costs or delaying construction by even a day.”




Copley Close projeCt bags london plannIng award Hanwell’s Copley Close estate was named Best Conceptual Project at the 2014 London Planning Awards. The project, instigated jointly by Ealing Council and architect Hunters, will deliver the refurbishment of most of the existing homes and the public realm, alongside the construction of 205 new properties. Community and retail facilities will be developed between existing buildings. It was granted approval in October 2013. Last year, Ealing set up its own company to act as developer and landlord for the project, which covers an 8-ha site. Judges included the London mayor, the Royal Town Planning Institute, and

London First. They chose Copley Close ahead of competition from regeneration schemes at Stratford and Woolwich. The accolade is designed to commend schemes that contribute to London’s world city status, regenerate areas of deprivation, maximise the potential of an area, or tackle longstanding planning problems. Judges said the scheme was a “careful, sensitive and responsive approach” to estate renewal, adding: “The strategy addresses many of the issues resulting from the poor original layout of the estates and avoids unnecessary disruption.” Work is under way and due to be completed by 2019.

new era For ealIng traInIng Centre New facilities have been unveiled at Ealing Council’s centre for vocational training and apprenticeships. Redwood College on Greenford Road provides courses in construction, hair and beauty, bike mechanics and electronics for 14 to 19-year-olds. Students of school age attend two days a week and work towards studying for their GCSEs in school. At the same time as learning

vocational skills, young people also study English and maths to help them prepare for the workplace. The pass rates for individual courses are between 92% and 100% and 110 students are currently enrolled. More than £1.5 million has been invested by the council in building new workshops and classrooms, including a dedicated space for bike maintenance. Redwood Education and Skills runs the college for the council.

Julie Guest, director of Redwood Education and Skills, said: “Redwood Skills is delighted to have been selected by Ealing Council to manage the centre. The new building provides a fantastic environment in which school students can learn and train.” “What I love about Redwood is that it allows young people to play to their strengths and follow a vocational training route if that’s what interests them most,” explained council leader Julian Bell.

£750,000 boost to london’s FIlm Industry The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, chose Ealing Studios as the place to announce new investment in London’s

Studios, said: “The extension of the

said £750,000 of funding would help create 1,000 jobs and bring work to the city’s creative industries.

already led to increased activity from foreign productions as well as UK originated television. This, together with the continued and increased support from Film London and the mayor’s

London is reportedly now the third Studios world class destinations for the after LA and New York. Ealing Studios is the longest home to the Downton Abbey set, as well as the pioneering special effects studio Imaginarium. James Spring, CEO and managing

Gareth Neame, executive producer at Downton Abbey, said: “We’re fortunate to have one of the world’s here in the UK. Much of that work has traditionally been located in London.”


buIlder Chosen For ealIng’s new CommunIty and CounCIl spaCe Plans to construct a new children and adults service centre in Greenford have taken a step forward after Ealing Council appointed Thomas Sinden to carry out the work. accommodate around 140 council staff. Departments housed there will include community-based services for adults with learning disabilities, occupational therapy and social work teams.

ealIng FestIvals prove smash hIts The London Mela, Europe’s largest free, outdoor Asian festival, attracted crowds of thousands when it returned to Ealing in summer 2013. Up to 80,000 regularly attend the celebration, whose name, ‘mela’, comes from the Sanskrit “to meet”. Nine zones, including The Main Stage, BBC Asian Music, New Music and an outdoor arts, dance and

family zone, featured music from artists plucked from all corners of the globe, and celebrated the best of South Asian culture. Chiswickborn Pete Townshend of The Who drew the crowds to his talk about his musical career. The Ealing Music and 2014 was designed to celebrate the borough’s cultural heritage.

KIer gets go-ahead For £43 mIllIon hospItal In ealIng Kier Construction has been given full approval to construct a new unit at St Bernard’s Hospital in Ealing, in partnership with the West London Mental Health NHS Trust (WLMHT). The £43 million project will produce

Managing director of Kier Construction’s major projects business, Colin Lamb, said: “Kier has a proven track record of delivering highly complex projects creating facilities for the health sector, and this milestone

for services, and is set to help patients recover more quickly and reduce treatment times. WLMHT chairman Nigel McCorkell said it meant the trust could now begin an “extensive modernisation process”.

demonstrates how successful the collaboration has been. “We look forward to working very closely with the trust to deliver this project, which will provide excellent new facilities for patients.”

weekend, the building will be available for community use. The project is part of Ealing Council’s property strategy to bring council services together into a few modern buildings that are more sustainable and cheaper to run. The new building will sit on land alongside the London Motorcycle Museum, also in Ravenor Farm. The new centre is expected to open in October 2014. Leader of Ealing Council, councillor Julian Bell, said: “This project puts some of our most important services right at the heart of the community and building. We are also creating some valuable community space and I hope that local groups and families will make the most of it. I’m looking forward to seeing the new building.”




southall’s bIg plan moves a step Closer to realIty Southall Broadway has undergone a dramatic facelift, the latest stage in the council’s multimillion pound project to transform the town. Work in The Broadway is part of the wider regeneration of the area – known as the Southall Big Plan – which aims to improve the town centre, community and sports facilities. The second phase will begin in summer 2014. £3.5 million pot of cash from the mayor of London’s Regeneration Fund, a £70 million project to drive growth across the city, as well as funds from Transport for London and Ealing Council. In October 2013, the council’s cabinet gave the green light to more improvements in Southall. They agreed to upgrade areas on The Green and King Street, as well as redevelop the area in front of Lidl supermarket in High Street to turn it into a public space for events and markets. The entrance to Southall Park will be improved along with the parade of shops opposite the Manor House and the area in front of St Anselm’s church in The Green. The council will also transform a piece of land on King Street into a new public space.

brItIsh land aCQuIre Crystal house bloCK In ealIng broadway British Land has acquired the Crystal House Block in Ealing Broadway from a Northern Ireland-based private investor for £28.8 million. The block forms one of the three entrances to Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre which British Land single ownership of the entire centre for The Crystal House Block comprises 3,000sq m of retail across 13 ground above and 125 car parking spaces.

Key retail tenants include The Body Shop, Monsoon, The Perfume Shop and Ernest Jones. Charles Maudsley, head of retail for British Land, said: “The acquisition of the front section of Ealing Broadway opportunities to grow and develop the entire centre by continuing to improve the retail mix and increasing the leisure offer. Ealing Broadway continues to residential development and the completion of Crossrail.”

arCadIa Centre sells For £37.4m Property investment specialist Benson Elliot has sold Ealing’s Arcadia Centre to Pramerica Real Estate Investors for The centre, which fronts Ealing Broadway and is currently being redeveloped, is part of the wider 1.1-ha Arcadia Portfolio site that Benson Elliot acquired in 2012 from

administrators Grant Thornton. Design work on the rest of the portfolio has now started, with plans to be designed by Allies and Morrison expected to include a core of residential development surrounded by new retail space and quality public realm. Benson Elliot partner Phil Irons said Crossrail was a “game changer”.

study shows possIble ImpaCt on jobs From losIng heathrow Up to 70,000 jobs across three boroughs neighbouring Heathrow Airport would vanish, with devastating economic consequences, if the airport were to close in favour of a new hub airport elsewhere. That is the warning from research commissioned by the boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow and Slough, which

concluded that other recent studies, including one by Heathrow Airport itself, have underestimated the employment impacts of a scenario in which Heathrow closes. Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “Thousands of local families depend on Heathrow for their livelihoods and the airport plays

a critical role in the local economy. Closing it should not be contemplated. “The Davies Commission should take into account the economic impact of each of the options that are being considered and pay particular attention to this report which makes clear Heathrow’s importance to the success of Ealing and west London.”

Ealing Filmworks

bringing cinema back to Ealing

Working in partnership with Ealing Borough Council to provide a multi-screen cinema, new shops, restaurants and housing in the heart of Ealing.


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î Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre provides 300,000 sq ft of prime retail and leisure space across more than 70 units, 800 car parking spaces and a multi-let office

Drawing on its expertise and experience as the UK’s largest listed retail landlord, British Land’s ownership of the entire scheme unlocks significant opportunities to grow and develop the centre by continuing to improve the retail mix and increasing the leisure offer.

î Anchored by Primark, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, River Island and H&M with other retailers including Boots, New Look, JD Sports and Wagamama î Both parts of the scheme were bought by British Land in 2013 providing single ownership of the entire centre for the first time in its 30 year history

LOCATION Ealing Broadway is an attractive convenient shopping destination in West London, well located in the centre of Ealing and close to the train and tube station. It dominates the retail offer in the town centre and has an annual footfall of around 16 million. It has an affluent catchment of 1.7 million people, with over a third in the key retail spending group of 25-44 year olds.

Looking forward, the centre is also expected to benefit from significant levels of development in Ealing, including a new leisure scheme, the Dickens Yard residential quarter and Crossrail which completes in 2018.

ABOUT BRITISH LAND British Land is one of Europe’s largest Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). UK retail assets account for 59% of its portfolio. Comprising around 26 million sq ft of retail space across shopping centres, retail parks, superstores and leisure assets, the portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats. Active asset management delivers space which is attractive and meets the needs of both retailers and consumers. Further information about British Land can be found on the website at www.britishland.com.

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The commercial and residential property market in west London – and the western section of the route out from London – will see a huge impact from Crossrail, with additional value of more than £1.5 billion. Five of Ealing’s train stations are set to be upgraded and with the total estimated value uplift within a kilometre of them pitched at more than £500 million, the borough is in investors’ spotlights. In an updated report, West is Best, consultants GVA discuss Crossrail’s “transformative” impact as a catalyst for regeneration. Ealing is ideally placed to make the most of this mammoth project. Lucy Purdy breaks down the good news

Just the ticket Launching West is Best in July 2013, Chris Hall, director at GVA says: “One of the biggest impacts of Crossrail in west London and west of London will be on the commercial and residential property market with additional value of more than £1 billion improved transport brought by Crossrail connections, areas such as Slough, Ealing Broadway and Southall are highlighted as places to watch, with a distinct impact on the residential and commercial property markets. Crossrail is more than a new rail link, it will be the catalyst for regeneration, and a key driver in maintaining London’s position as a leading global city and the strength of the wider region.”

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ealinG BrOaDway WHAT’S HAPPENING? work to accommodate Crossrail. When the new faster, more reliable links to central London and beyond. The current cramped entrance and ticket hall will be replaced with a spacious, new glass structure and new lifts and staircases will also be installed. Gateline capacity will nearly double. Platforms will be extended for the new ten-car Crossrail trains and a footbridge will be built at the eastern end of the Crossrail platforms. Station work is set to start in October 2015, and expected to last around 14 months, remaining open throughout. Services are set to begin and Abbey Wood to Maidenhead and Heathrow in December 2019. Ealing Council has brought architects HOK and John McAslan + Partners on board to improve proposed station’s design along with Southall station. IMPACT Ealing Broadway is already experiencing growth due to the anticipation of Crossrail, but is set to and businesses as well as sites for remodeling. It falls into the ‘creating change’ category alongside Canary Wharf and Tottenham Court Road. Crossrail is already making itself felt, not least on take-up at Dickens Yard – a major mixeduse scheme by St George. Ian Dobie, managing director of St George West London, said: “We are really pleased with the sales at Dickens Yard. With Ealing’s great transport links and amenities our purchasers are recognising that we are creating an exquisite place in a special location.” Developer Land Securities has secured planning consent for a £100 million, 0.8-hectare, cinemaled leisure destination, Ealing Filmworks. Ealing Council is working closely with Land Securities to assemble land.


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“Developers believe fashionable apartment living – the sort that exists in Docklands, Fulham and Putney – will attract urbanites who previously steered clear of this leafy suburb” David Spittles, Evening Standard’s Homes and Property supplement

“Ealing will be one of as it will connect commuters to every key employment centre” Simon Walker of Savills

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sOuthall WHAT’S HAPPENING? from Crossrail. It will be only 18 minutes from central London when Crossrail opens in 2018. There will be a new station building with a larger, enclosed ticket hall with access from South Road. Platforms will be extended and lighting, information and security systems improved. IMPACT Crossrail will help establish Southall as a strong investment opportunity. It is an area where Crossrail will “create change”. West is Best

“ With such a rich cultural tapestry, Southall is brimming with opportunities for economic growth and our challenge is to build on the work already going on in the area and take advantage of

and strengthening of the town centre offer and

Crossrail will bring”

It is also a major opportunity to unlock Southall Gas Works and Middlesex Business Park. One of London’s biggest regeneration projects, the former gas works site is being redeveloped by Berkeley Homes subsidiary St James to create 3,750 new homes. The 46-ha Southall Opportunity Area is

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council

capacity for new development. The draft Southall Opportunity Area Planning Framework sets out guidance that will lead to the creation of 6,000 new homes and up to 3,000 jobs. It proposes new residential neighbourhoods at Havelock, the Green and Southall East. To

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WHAT’S HAPPENING? A new station building will house a larger ticket hall with access from Manor Road. Platforms 3 and 4 will be extended to enable 10-car trains to stop and passenger facilities improved. A new bay platform will be built for Greenford branch trains.

WHAT’S HAPPENING? A new station building will house a larger ticket hall with access from Horn Lane. Step-free access will be between street level and all platforms via a new footbridge with stairs and two lifts. Platforms 2 to 4 will be extended to allow 10-car trains to stop.


IMPACT Crossrail will slash journey times to Liverpool Street from 42 to 16 minutes, opening it up as a strong commuter location. “Acton will be a Crossrail winner too as current property values are cheap by London standards,” states the Evening Standard.

expected, about 3,500 entries or exits during the three-hour morning peak period. A strong commuter location, West Ealing’s housing stock is likely to undergo a boost in value. To

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hanwell WHAT’S HAPPENING? Hanwell already meets most requirements. Ealing Council has been working with Crossrail to secure a second station entrance. Selective door opening will be used and branding and signage improved. IMPACT focusing on immediate residents and businesses. Existing residential values should increase. To

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Acton GArdens This £600 million regeneration of the South Acton estate – in a joint venture partnership between L&Q London housing association and Countryside Properties – will reconnect the estate to the wider neighbourhood by creating an urban village of around 2,600 homes with traditional tree-lined streets. second phase on-site, and a planning application for the two sites in the third phase has just been submitted to Ealing Council. The 11-phase Acton Gardens has been planned as a series of local neighbourhoods, arranged around public squares, parks and play areas, to replace the homes on the old South

Acton estate, which had reached the end of their natural life. It will also feature a community hub The new homes, many of which are affordable, will be built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 offering low heating, power and water consumption, feature green roofs with photovoltaic cells providing electricity to the landlord areas. A tenth of the homes are wheelchair adaptable. The development also offers jobs and training opportunities. Phase one offered apartments of one, two and three-bedrooms, most with a balcony or winter garden, and is now complete, with residents in situ.

Building work on phase two started on-site in October 2013 and is forecast Known as Liberty Gardens, it comprises 106 new apartments and maisonettes with between one and four bedrooms, in six to eight-storey buildings. This part of the development has semi-private landscaped open All homes will have private amenity space, and feature either a garden, terrace or balcony. As Ealing in London went to press, a planning application was due to be submitted in March 2014 for phase three, which will see a further 240 homes completed.




Acton town HAll The refurbishment of Acton’s Victorian town hall and construction of new

a glass-fronted gym with dance and along with the library and IT training

facilities is almost complete. The £16.4 million project, being undertaken by Willmott Dixon, is the Grade II-listed town hall. It includes replacing Acton’s former swimming baths with a three-storey building while retaining and refurbishing part of the town hall to create a new library and baths chimney will be restored. The pool will have eight lanes and the new smaller training pool will feature

adults, children and families services, including day care facilities and community space, will be housed on Ealing Council will sell the remainder of the town hall for residential redevelopment, subject to planning. The council is in discussion with One Housing Group to take forward development of this building. The current Grade II-listed Acton Library building will be disposed of with vacant possession later this year. The 80-week project is due to open in April 2014.


dickens YArd Phase two of Dickens Yard, a major mixed-use scheme by St George, continues apace. It will eventually comprise 698 apartments, three new restaurants and create a new focal point for Ealing town centre. Dickens Yard will also link a trio of Victorian-era buildings – the town hall and Old Fire Station and the parish church of Christ the Saviour – with a new town square. The development will also include a 24-hour concierge, underground parking and exclusive spa facilities for private residents, with swimming pool, sauna, steam room, treatment rooms and a gym. The current phase of Dickens Yard comprises four apartment buildings – Belgravia, Skyline, Dickens, and Fitzroy. landscaped private gardens or pedestrian boulevards, linking the piazzas, which will host markets,

building to complete was the Belgravia, with a selection of one, two and threebedroom apartments. Phase two, the Skyline Apartments, is the tallest building at Dickens Yard and features 100 apartments, each with its own balcony or terrace. Residents have already moved into phase one of the scheme. At the heart of Dickens Yard are the Dickens Apartments, set within landscaped courtyard gardens. Nearly all the 200 one, two and apartments, along with ‘elite’ apartments and penthouses – with private terraces – have already been sold, even though the foundations are only now being laid. will be 48 homes at Fitzroy Apartments, each with its own balcony or terrace, many of which overlook Dickens Yard’s centrepiece, Victoria Square.


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Film QuArter transform central Ealing, giving it a Developer Land Securities has secured planning permission and signed a deal with Ealing Council to create a 0.8-ha leisure destination with a multi-screen cinema, cafes, bars, shops, restaurants Ealing Filmworks. The proposed scheme will create pedestrian routes between Walpole Park, the New Broadway and Bond with amphitheatre-style seating and an outdoor screen. The initiative will create the cinema in late 2017 and complete the development by 2018. The council has commenced a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) process to assemble land to enable the creation

of this cultural quarter. Riccardo Mai, Land Securities development director, said: “We received overwhelming support for the Filmworks project during consultation. The scheme will bring a fantastic cinema, leisure quarter and new homes to Ealing, increasing footfall, creating jobs and encouraging further investment. We are continuing to work closely with the council and others to deliver this exciting project. Ealing Council leader Julian Bell said: “Ealing has waited long enough to see this derelict site brought back to life. We are committed to Land Securities building the new cinema quarter and won’t wait a day longer than needed to get this scheme back on track. We hope agreement can be reached quickly but have commenced the CPO process to ensure this development is achieved as quickly as possible.”





GreenFord Gsk site A planning application to regenerate the former GlaxoSmithKline site at Greenford was lodged in November 2013. Iceni hopes to create a mixeduse development offering employment, residential, education and leisure use and opening up the area to the The hybrid (part outline and part detail) planning application, mainly for the southern part of the site, proposes demolition, extension and conversion of the Grade II-listed Glaxo House from

facilities and a 3,100sq m cinema, part of a canal-side leisure hub which would also include a food store, restaurants and cafes. It proposes the re-opening

of Berkeley Avenue to connect the site with Greenford, open space, regeneration of the canal side, surface and basement car parking, cycle parking and public realm. Decisions from Ealing Council, then the mayor of London, are expected this spring. If approved, work will start in GSM London, an independent business college, opened on the 9-hectare site in October 2012, while Glaxo Welcome House is available to The site is north of Greenford town centre and to the south of Sudbury Hill. It is well-connected to central London and Ealing town centre, with regular tube, bus and rail connections to London Heathrow, Wembley Stadium as the A40.


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soutHAll GAs works In one of London’s biggest regeneration projects – signalling a decisive vote of former Southall Gas Works site is being redeveloped by St James of the

universitY oF west london The University of West London has now delivered a new students’ union building and performance centre, and by September 2014 will see a brand new library, refectory, bookshop and a social space. Existing teaching and social spaces across the university will also be upgraded, including new heating and cooling systems. The project started in May 2013 with the students’ union opening in September. A new bar, lounge, gym and modern cafe, provide space for students and the wider community to come together and participate in a range of extracurricular activities and campaigns. The performance centre, designed for London College of Music students, includes industry-standard stage and theatrical lighting, as well as an advanced sound system for recitals, concerts and theatrical productions. By September 2014, the next stage of the project, Future Campus, will be complete, with library, refectory, bookshop and a social space.

primary school and large areas of landscaped public realm and open amenity space. It will be built over a 30-year period, and is anticipated to create more than 1,000 permanent jobs, in addition to the several thousand stemming from the construction works. The site is next to the Grand Union Canal and a future Crossrail station, close to the M4 motorway and next to 36-ha of country park in one of 33 of the London mayor’s Opportunity Areas. The gas works ceased production in the 1970s and is now being used as a car park. Work is expected to start on the completed in 2019, the year Southall Crossrail station is due to open. The Crossrail system will bring a huge boost to the borough, as it will halve journey and central London.


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Western promise Southall has always been a magnet for business â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and it is changing rapidly, with a Crossrail station set to halve journey times to central London. When Berkeley Group company St James announced it is to develop the massive gas works site, it the further potential to be tapped in Southall, as Suruchi Sharma reports

Regeneration can be a tricky business. When plans for changes to a community are announced it is fair to say the public takes slightly longer to bosses. It is to the credit then, of property development company St James, part of the Berkeley Group, that public opinion is a key strategy in the early planning stages of a mammoth regeneration project for Southall Gas Works, a game changing development for this part of west London. Eclectic and electric, Southall is a bustling, entrepreneurial community. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s



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known for its large Punjabi population, which is solidly represented in business and commerce terms, and unlike many parts of the country it hosts a thriving high street brimming with successful eateries, jewellers and clothes shops. Most residents care deeply about their home town and changes on the horizon are always ripe for discussion. St James has teamed up with National Grid for the redevelopment of the former gas works, an important vote regeneration strategy. Getting the community on side is just as vital as mayor Boris Johnson’s seal of approval. Unfolding by the side of the Grand Union Canal, the works, which are expected to start next year, will into 3,750 homes, including low-cost and family properties, a new primary school and shops. No mean feat, its size dictates that at least two decades of work will be needed. The Berkeley Group, of which St James is part, has a healthy track record for large-scale regeneration with successful projects such as its Quays in Portsmouth, which includes shops, restaurants and bars as well as apartments. Another triumph is one of the largest residential-led projects in London: the company’s ongoing creation of Kidbrooke Village in Greenwich, south-east London.

“The scale gives us so much opportunity: unparalleled in this part of the capital” Sean Ellis, chairman at St James, says the company is excited about the “huge opportunity” to give Southall a new urban village and to improve housing provision across London. He says: “The vast majority of the housing supply in the next 10 years will be coming from the east London boroughs. However, there is a similar level of demand but with far lower supply in west London. This is one of the largest regeneration opportunities in west London and the scale gives us so much opportunity to create a new quarter – which will be unparalleled in this part of the capital. “There are so many positives to the area, such as an already thriving high street. We also have fantastic transport links as we’ll join on to the Hayes bypass and there will be improvements to the junction on to the M4 nearby. Southall is also within striking distance of Heathrow Airport and you’ve got the new Crossrail station to top it all.” St James has already begun a public consultation to help shape the facilities offered at the development. Ellis adds: “Apart from the housing, there is the potential for a very wide commercial offering including leisure facilities, retail, hotel, conference centre and potentially a cinema, as well as

the new school and other community facilities. “What we’re currently assessing is where the gaps are and asking people what they would see as useful for Southall. For example, an initial concept is for banqueting facilities that could easily become important, as weddings are a huge celebration within the Asian community. “This development will take many years to complete but then that gives us plenty of opportunity to engage with the community. We’re not going to just suddenly unveil a plan and say: ‘Voila, this is it’, because that’s simply not our style. What we want to do is enrich area’s very strong identity.” neighbourhood are set to be completed by 2019, hitting the mark alongside the behemoth of Crossrail. Southall Crossrail station is another crucial phase in the area’s development and this high speed rail service will bestow upon the area a special status on the national railway map. Crossrail will help confer upon Southall the status of a strong investment opportunity. Charles Connoly, senior joint venture manager at National Grid Property, acknowledges the immense amount of planning work both completed and in


the pipeline for this vast project. He says: “Getting the site ready has required a great deal of work from us along with substantial investment. The end result will not just be new homes but a new community which as a whole. We’ll be working with St James to prepare the site for future development and we’ll keep the local community informed about our work. “Our work in Southall is a good example of what we are doing across the country to help regenerate disused sites and help communities thrive.” Development opportunities in Southall have the potential for 6,000 to 7,000 homes, as the town grows to meet the housing demand. This is part of a trend as London prepares to absorb a population equivalent to the size of Birmingham plus Hartlepool – all within the next decade, according to Susan Emmett of Savills. Growth and regeneration in Southall will be fuelled further by Catalyst Housing’s £200 million plans to regenerate the sprawling Havelock

estate, approved by Ealing Council in November. Catalyst’s masterplan for Havelock will see 922 new homes built and large sections of the current estate demolished. The project is expected to Tom Titherington, director of business development and market intelligence at Catalyst Housing, says: “We are taking a series of estates and a part of Southall and we are really going to transform it, visually and in terms of tenure mix and how people think of that area. We are going to lay down the basis for a continued transformation of

Southall – it is a great project, it builds of the area; we are going to make the canal beautiful. Other developers working in Southall will be able to follow this because we will have created a dynamic of change. We are working really hard as part of the Southall Partnership, doing a huge amount of work with schools on employment and skills, getting really stuck in for the long term. In Havelock we are a developer providing homes, a steward of a neighbourhood and a community investment agency.” Top left: An aerial shot of Southall Gas Works. This page: The Havelock. estate is set to be completely transformed.




This page: Southall’s Big Plan is unfolding, improving the area and residents’ lives in turn.

southall Big plan regeneration programme is the Southall Big Plan. Though not quite as huge in scale, it is like a vitamin pill to boost the neighbourhood’s health. This partnership of businesses, community groups, Ealing Council and other stakeholders, includes projects to improve the area and lives of residents – such as in The Broadway – the heart of the Punjabi business community. Four islands will be installed down the centre of the newly resurfaced road, made safer for Pavements will also be widened with new granite paving and new streetlights, benches and bins installed. To complete the facelift, trees will be planted and raised pavements created at the entrance of all side roads next to The Broadway to create

2013 saw a new car park being built adjacent to Southall Market and improvements to Spikes Bridge Park, including a new pavilion. A new Tony Khurll, director of property consultants Monarch Commercial, believes the development is an extremely positive step forward for an area already big for business. His Isleworth-based company, just a few miles from Southall, has been letting commercial properties and luxury apartments there since 1995. Khurll says: “I think Southall has always been a marketable place. It has been a fantastic area for predominantly Asian business for many years and it’s well known that if you want to shop for Asian products including textiles, fashion or jewellery

you come to Southall rather than anywhere else. It has always been an incredibly strong area for rentals and property values and the gas works development will bring a slightly different type of retail and opportunity to the area than exists at the moment. What the gas works and Crossrail developments will do is broaden the appeal to an even wider market. “The work is an extension of what is already there and means for many members of that community that they Brent Cross or Uxbridge for shopping any longer. It will all sit very nicely along with what is already there.” Whatever size the developments, it’s clear the process from beginning to end will be community-led. Southall citizens certainly wouldn’t have it any other way.

A redevelopment for everyone in Greenford

Above: artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impression of the redeveloped canal side to the south of the site. The project will open up this section of the Grand Union Canal to the public with a new cinema, restaurants, cafes, and public open space adjacent to new homes and employment.

Subject to planning permission, the former GlaxoSmithKline site at Greenford Green could soon be redeveloped into a high quality, modern mixed use scheme focused on new homes, leisure and employment. The regeneration of this important Brownfield site would make a major contribution to the economy of Greenford, Ealing borough and West London as a whole. The project team have been working closely with Ealing Council and the local community since 2011 to revitalise this historic site. The proposals comprise: Above: artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impression of the Grade II listed Glaxo House which is proposed to be redeveloped into new homes.

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14410 sqm amenity space 687 sqm restaurants/cafes 2900 sqm food retail 3218 sqm cinema space

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Homeward Bound

Serious business gets done at MIPIM, the annual property conference in Cannes, business which improves lives. This time last year, Robert Sloss, founding partner of Hub Developments, was busy looking for development opportunities when he bumped into representatives from Ealing Council. A year later, he is preparing to send in the diggers on a 152-home development at a major gateway location in the borough. Colin Marrs The scheme, Victoria Square, will see 132 private rented and 20 affordable homes built on an empty site adjacent to North Acton underground station, as well as a new public square. From the seed laid at MIPIM, the relationship between developer and the council guide the shape of the development – a revised version of an existing planning application. Sloss says: “It was a stroke

of luck meeting the council at MIPIM. Within three days of getting back, we shape of the project.” Sloss praises the council’s approach, and has returned to discuss with them proposals for a new scheme involving the conversion into block near Ealing Studios. So why has the borough become such a hotspot

for housing developers? Sloss says: “Buying a home in central boroughs has become an unattainable dream for so many Londoners. In Ealing, the transport links are excellent, and when Crossrail arrives, the journey times to the centre of London will make it virtually a zone one location.” Pat Hayes, regeneration chief at




This page: Dickens Yard, a scheme by developer St George, is now under way. Opposite: How Ealing’s

of residents. He points out that the borough needs to build more housing for all groups – including those who rely on welfare. “We are probably suffering more from the displacement of London borough, due to our excellent connections to the capital’s centre.” In response to the increased demand for housing, the council is its multi-pronged approach is to start taking on the role of developer. Some councils in London are selling off land in their ownership to developers. But Ealing has taken a different tack. Hayes says: “We are not looking for a cash receipt from developers – we engage with them and take a receipt in homes we can rent.” The approach means the council can provide new housing at belowmarket rental levels, while producing a return to reinvest in new homes. Ealing, Hayes says, has even used new powers to set up its own company aimed at providing 500 new homes over the next four years. The company can borrow money at preferential rates,


and is aimed at tackling tricky sites. Close in Hanwell where it is undertaking a refurbishment of 551 council rented and 98 leasehold homes, along with the building of 205 new properties. Hayes says: “This allows us to keep hold of the homes which otherwise would have been vulnerable to being lost to us under the Right to Buy scheme.” And plans for the estate were recently named Best Conceptual Project at the 2014 London Planning Awards. Judges said the scheme was a “careful, sensitive and responsive approach” to estate renewal. The council is also working in partnership with housing associations, using central government grants to kickstart development. Hayes says this approach is providing some of this housing to private rented tenants, which will both increase supply and provide income or future schemes. He says: “We might consider selling private rented schemes to an investor,

“We are not looking for a cash receipt from developers – we engage with them and take a receipt in homes we can rent” depending on the economics. Our main aim is to help increase housing supply.” Finally, the council is stimulating the market by buying existing properties to use for emergency accommodation for people on its housing waiting these numbers are rising, and buying properties actually works out cheaper than pouring money down the drain by spending it on bed and breakfast accommodation. “In the happy event that the housing crisis disappears, we will have assets which we can either Of course, private developers are always going to provide the bulk of new housing in the borough, and here, Hayes says that the council is keen

to play a key role. The authority has so far resisted the option it has at its

We like it.” And he says that if the council ever

the biggest developers undertaking schemes in the town centre. Land Securities is developing 161 new homes as part of its mixed-use Ealing Filmworks regeneration project, while the Dickens Yard scheme, by St George, is now well under way. The scheme received planning permission in October 2010 and will eventually provide 698 apartments

infrastructure levy approach, the charges will be set low, to encourage new investment. An example of where the council has used its negotiated approach to good effect is at Dickens Yard in central Ealing. Hayes says that this area is a particular hotspot at the moment, with

restaurants. As part of the section 106 deal, a range of affordable homes have been provided, along with a new town square, which will be framed by existing historical architecture, including Ealing Town Hall, the Old Fire Station and George Gilbert Scott’s gothic Victorian Christ the Saviour church.

development, retaining the Section 106 system of negotiated deals for planning gain. Hayes says: “Section 106 is a sophisticated instrument that has




This page: The Rectory Park estate in Northolt will be regenerated.

Ian Dobie, managing director of St George West London, says the scheme has acted as a catalyst for the transformation of the town centre. He says: “Ealing has always had the reputation of being the Queen of the Suburbs but it had become a little tired. We got involved because it is a brilliantly connected town centre that just needed an injection of energy.” The development is attracting new buyers to retired couples. “It’s buzzing”. Elsewhere in Ealing, in the traditionally less active areas such as Northolt, Acton and Southall, part of the Berkeley Group, has bought the former Southall Gas Works site from the National Grid, and is currently decontaminating the site in preparation for the creation of a new community of up to 3,750 homes. In Northolt, housing association Network Housing, in partnership with the council, is building a scheme of 425 homes to regenerate the Rectory Park estate. Problems with funding caused by government cuts are gradually being overcome, and Network two phases of the project, which will

provide 160 new homes in total. Tim Porter, regeneration manager at Network says: “It hasn’t been easy, but the council has been very supportive and we are now sorting out funding for Ealing Council will return to MIPIM this year, at no cost to the taxpayer through sponsorship from its private sector Ealing in London partnership.

Meetings with developers and investors from across the world should help the borough continue to meet the housing needs of its residents. Hayes is optimistic about the chances of further success: “Funds and developers who never had a policy of going outside central London are now having to look for opportunities outside that area, and


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old oak, new Potential Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early February 2014. Giant earth chewing machines have reached halfway on their journey underground to build tunnels for Crossrail, a new railway that will link west London boroughs, such as Ealing, with Canary Wharf and the West End. Paul Coleman reports


Park Royal, one of the largest business parks in Europe. Ealing Council has been at the forefront of helping the government and mayor of London Boris Johnson to develop plans for the new transport passengers could use the new facility each day, many of them travelling on Crossrail and HS2. Potential also exists to link HS2 and Crossrail at Old Oak with the inter-city Great Western and West Coast main lines, the suburban North London and West London lines, the Heathrow Express airport shuttle, and the Bakerloo line. Ealing Council believes this project would likely lever the potential for major new investment and act as a catalyst for growth. Old Oak Common’s huge tracts of underused and derelict industrial land, crisscrossed with railway lines and pockmarked with abandoned and derelict light industrial buildings, could be transformed. “Ealing welcomes the opportunity that the development of Crossrail and HS2 stations will bring, helping to create jobs and homes at Old Oak Common,” says Pat Hayes, Ealing Council’s executive director of regeneration and housing. Close to central London, Old Oak Common also lies within the Park Royal

Above ground, at debates in town halls and at Westminster, progress is also being made on determining the shape and scope of another huge project, the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link between London and Birmingham. The High Speed 2 Preparation Act became law in late November 2013, part of which includes a plan to create a new HS2 station and a London rail ‘super hub’ at Old Oak Common by particularly in west London – and especially across Ealing – because of Old Oak Common’s close proximity to

as a spot offering great potential, and featured by the mayor in the London Plan. Park Royal supports 40,000 jobs and hosts companies that manufacture products ranging from digestive biscuits to luxury cars. Park Royal is also the corporate home of Diageo, the premium drinks multinational. New ideas to enhance the opportunity area preceded the commitment to HS2. Ealing is already at the heart of developing projects that are improving the area for the businesses of Park Royal and introducing new mixed-uses including homes around the transport nodes such as North Acton station. The council is creating a new public square to open up the entrance to North Acton station. And inward investment around Old Oak Common could create an estimated 90,000 new jobs, 19,000 new homes, new schools, cluster of shops and leisure facilities,

as well as new roads, cycleways and pathways. Such a transformation would live nearby on Old Oak’s fringes. These neighbourhoods are in the bottom 1% of the most economically disadvantaged communities in the country. Ealing Council also wants to help ensure Park Royal businesses and industry continue to thrive. Ealing one part of the area to create 2,000 in a mixed commercial and leisure development – and the council is also keen to promote Park Royal as a centre for green industry and to encourage freight usage of the Grand Union Canal. Ealing Council also supports the establishment of a regeneration agency with planning powers over the area. Plans would need to be carefully drawn to protect existing businesses in the Park Royal Estate and to maintain certainty for proposals in North Acton that have already received consent. With these important caveats, Ealing Council supports attempts by the mayor of London to seek political approval for a Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) for Old Oak Common: a body with similar planning powers to those used to transform Stratford and to create a sustainable Olympic legacy of new jobs, homes and viable communities. Hence, Ealing shares excitement at the proposed Crossrail-HS2 transport node. In some ways, the plan compares with the Victorian building of the Metropolitan line that fostered the growth of northwest London’s famous ‘Metroland’ suburbs in the early 20th century. Others say the project resembles the potential of the DLR which created residential and business zones in east London. Stewart Murray, assistant director of planning at the GLA, cites a study that says that the Old Oak Common transport hub could see to London’s economy. Consultants estimate Old Oak Common and Park Royal’s regeneration could supply up jobs needed in London before 2031. The project shows that railways are often found to be at the heart of sustainable regeneration. Ealing Council has taken note.



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Child Graddon Lewis James Felstead james.felstead@cgluk.com

City and Dockland Tony Helliwell tony.helliwell@cityanddocklands.com

Crosstree Matt Mason MMason@Crosstree.com

Eat Cookie, Sleep Cookie Anjum Siddique anjum@eatcookiesleepcookie.co.uk

Greenwich School of Management Martin Halsall mhalsall@greenwich-college.ac.uk

Inquilab Jackie Thomas jackiet@inquilabha.org

Michael Rogers Niall Christian niall.christian@michaelrogers.co.uk

Monarch Commercial Tony Khurll tony@monarchcommercial.co.uk

Thames Valley Housing Guy Burnett guy.burnett@tvha.co.uk

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In the SlIpStream After embarking on his own two-wheeled journey of discovery,

Lucy Purdy




Glued to his television watching Bradley

would be that instead of buying a new

and the likes of Victoria Pendleton and two miles from my house to the town hall felt like climbing a mountain, but I which felt like a real mental barrier, and in to football, rugby, swimming and athletics, but only a recent convert to

been riding my bike as an emergency has shed two stone since taking it


making it more accessible to those Previous page: Tour de France 2012 champion Bradley Wiggins. Left: Ealing’s cycle hub, installed in Haven Green in 2012, is proving very popular with cyclists.

delivered so much more in cycling terms, including a cycle hub which has

mile challenge was just how much needs to be done to ensure that cycling in London is less of a challenge and

scheme, an alternative to the ‘Boris

“We’ve delivered a cycle hub which has set a benchmark for other European cities” Beginning this journey with children, has been closely involved in devising school cycling schemes, including a the authority to drive forward cycle-

some of our money to neighbouring are doing those things already and we Good for business, good for there seems nothing to lose from to invest in infrastructure and other



Sitematch: development opportunity


From 2018, Crossrail will make Southall one of the best connected places in London â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with travel times of just 18 minutes to central London and 10 minutes to Heathrow. Southall is already an investment hotspot and is now attracting the attention of some major developers. The area as a whole has the potential for 7,000 new homes and 3,000 new jobs. Ealing Council has published a draft version of the Southall Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) to help ensure development unlocks Southallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full potential. Public consultation on this closed on 5 February 2014.

development sites for housing, employment, transport hubs and public spaces. Southall has traditionally had a strong industrial economy with many well-established businesses, and its industrial estates continue to perform well, offering homes to many household names. One exception to this is the Middlesex Business Centre, located south-east of Southall station, which has never been fully occupied. The potential redevelopment of the Middlesex Business Centre as a mixeduse scheme providing employment space, housing and amenities like a hotel and supermarket adjacent to the

Crossrail station is an exciting prospect. The council is keen to facilitate this by assisting with the assembly of adjacent sites if necessary. On 2 April 2014 at Sitematch London, Ealing Council will be represented by Pat Hayes, executive director of regeneration and housing, Lucy Taylor, director of regeneration and planning policy, and Noel Rutherford, director of built environment.

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Ealing in London #5  

Ealing in London is a business publication publicising the work of regeneration organisations in the London Borough of Ealing. The magazine...

Ealing in London #5  

Ealing in London is a business publication publicising the work of regeneration organisations in the London Borough of Ealing. The magazine...