7 JULY 2016

Cargiant and their development partners London & Regional Properties have unveiled the first model of the Old Oak Park masterplan, along with new images and updated plans for the future of the 46-acre site at the heart of the Old Oak and Park Royal area. The more detailed plans show how the site will create up to 6,500 new homes and support around 8,000 new jobs in what will be an exceptional new piece of London.

  • Cargiant’s land, Old Oak Park, is the first major site to come forward at Old Oak Common – where Crossrail and HS2 are kick-starting a massive transformation
  • Old Oak Park masterplan has evolved in response to public consultation – following overwhelmingly positive feedback it now proposes creating a new canal basin and retaining the 1940’s Rolls Royce Building
  • More detailed plans, a site-wide model and new images now released for consultation ahead of a planning application for the 46-acre site later in 2016
  • Old Oak Park will connect into local communities with 14 bridges and underpasses as well as create new public squares and a transformed environment along 1km of canal frontage

The new visuals were launched at the start of the fourth phase of public consultation ahead of an outline planning application to be made later in the 2016 for what is the largest privately owned site at Old Oak Common and the current home of Cargiant, the world’s largest used car dealership.

The first priority for Old Oak Park is to provide homes for Londoners. Old Oak Park will create 6,500 new homes on site with a variety of different housing types available at all price ranges. The housing numbers have been revised down from the early vision of creating 9,000 homes in order to enhance the quality of the public realm and in order to retain some of the existing buildings.

A beautiful, vibrant and safe environment along 1km of the Grand Union Canal will be opened up at Old Oak Park, lined with parks, cafes, restaurants and performance spaces. A number of bridges and underpasses will also be supported, including a new high street which will link existing and emerging communities with the new transport connections, ensuring the jobs, homes, open spaces and opportunities are accessible to local people.

Following overwhelmingly positive feedback from the three previous phases of consultation, the more detailed Old Oak Park proposals now include and number of new elements including; a new canal basin making the water more accessible, more open space and larger parks for everyone to enjoy, and retaining the 1940’s Rolls Royce Building as a hub for start-ups and growing businesses.

A new London Overground Station on the site, between Willesden Junction and Shepherd’s Bush, is proposed by TfL. The Old Oak Park masterplan demonstrates how putting this on a 200m viaduct is a sustainable and deliverable solution, allowing more homes to be delivered and opening up an impressive Central Square below which will be the heart to the Old Oak Park with local markets and activity space.

Alongside new homes at Old Oak Park there will be a range of other uses, spaces and activities creating thousands of new jobs. A new cultural quarter next to the Central Square will host research and educational institutions as well as visitor attractions and across the site, one million sq ft of commercial space will provide opportunities for small and growing businesses who want to be close to the larger commercial hub and connections arriving with HS2 and Crossrail.

Tony Mendes, Managing Director of Cargiant said:

“Cargiant has been based at the heart of Old Oak Common since 1985, employing over 800 people and supporting the local economy. It’s so important to me that in planning for the future of our land, we respond to what is important to the local communities around us – like retaining the 1940’s Rolls Royce Building and making a more beautiful and safer environment around the canal.

“Neighbouring areas and indeed all of London can benefit from the transformation at Old Oak and I am very proud to be launching this masterplan for consultation.”

Geoff Springer, Old Oak Park Development Director, said:

“Old Oak Park is part of the most important regeneration opportunity in London since the Olympics. We want to create a new piece of city that benefits all communities; building new homes for Londoners, supporting job opportunities that people can access, great parks and an incredible canal-side environment. We are committed to delivering that vision and delighted to be unveiling our masterplan.”

Creating the Old Oak Park masterplan is a world-classteam, led by urban designers PLP Architecture who have been responsible for a series of high profile and innovative designs in several major world cities. They are working alongside engineers Arup who lead on infrastructure design, such as the 14 bridges, viaducts and underpasses that unlock our site, as well as landscape architects West 8 who are visioning the site’s 20-acres of public open space including the Canal, the Central Square and residential parks.

Lee Polisano, President, PLP/Architecture said:

“Old Oak Park will not just be a wonderful place to live and create new communities, but also a destination for people to come to as well. Our masterplan delivers for the communities around us, knitting into the fabric of this part of West London, as well as for people who will live here in the future and for those stopping off on their way to the new rail connections, visiting the cultural quarter, enjoying the canal-side parks, cafes and restaurants or coming to Old Oak Park as a place to work.”