Momentum Builds Behind Old Oak Common Transformation as Cargiant Launch Masterplan

28 January 2016

Cargiant and their development partners London & Regional Properties have unveiled their illustrative Masterplan for the future of its 46-acre site at the heart of Old Oak Common. The plans will create up to 7,000 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
  • Major progress has been made on the Old Oak Park proposals following public consultation in Summer 2015 as the illustrative Masterplan is launched for further local comment
  • 46 acre site will deliver up to 7,000 homes and support 8,000 jobs
  • Masterplan connects into local communities with 14 bridges and viaducts, a new high street, and creates new public squares as well as a transformed environment around 1.2km of canal frontage
  • A Cultural Quarter at the heart of the site will be anchored by a major cultural institution to be announced later in 2016

You can view the Old Oak Park – Evolving the Masterplan exhibition here.

Cargiant and their development partners London & Regional Properties have unveiled their illustrative Masterplan for the future of its 46-acre site at the heart of Old Oak Common. The plans will create up to 7,000 new homes and support around 8,000 new jobs in what will be an exceptional new piece of London.

As momentum builds behind the area’s regeneration significant progress has been made on the proposals for Old Oak Park, the largest privately owned site at Old Oak Common and the current home of Cargiant, the world’s largest used car dealership.

The illustrative Masterplan to transform the site, created by PLP/Architecture and Arup, is being launched for public consultation following earlier consultations in the summer of 2015 and December 2014.

The 7,000 new homes emerging from a series of distinct neighbourhoods will include a variety of different housing types and will be available at all price ranges, meeting the needs of Londoners. The Old Oak Park team has revised its housing numbers down from its early vision of creating 9,000 homes in order to enhance the quality of the public realm; creating bigger parks and more open space.

Connecting the site and wider Old Oak development areas to the neighbouring parts of West London will be 14 new bridges and underpasses. A new landscaped 25-metre pedestrian high street, called Old Oak Walk, will be the central artery that connects the existing and emerging communities and new transport connections – ensuring the jobs, homes, open spaces and opportunities of Old Oak are accessible to local people.

A number of open spaces with different activities and places to meet will emerge across Old Oak Park, each giving a distinctive feel to the neighbourhoods surrounding them. The biggest asset, the Grand Union Canal, will have a nature reserve and towpath to the south and a new promenade to the north, which is currently inaccessible, and will be lined with parks, cafes, restaurants and performance spaces.

A new London Overground Station at Hythe Road, between Willesden Junction and Shepherd’s Bush, will also be created on the site by constructing a 200m viaduct, a sustainable solution fit for the 21st century that celebrates Britain’s great engineering heritage. This will open up a Central Square below which will be the heart to the Old Oak Park with the cultural quarter, community and sports facilities, shops as well as a local market.

The cultural quarter will provide a new home for a world famous cultural institution to be announced later in 2016. This will bring visitors to this new piece of London every day of the year, creating jobs in an 18 hour economy, and anchoring other cultural occupiers and educational institutions and businesses.

Tony Mendes, Managing Director of Cargiant said:

“Cargiant has been based at the heart of Old Oak Common since 1985, employing over 700 people and supporting the local economy. We are an important member of the west London community but now find ourselves at the heart of an area earmarked to deliver homes and jobs for the future of London.

“It’s so important to me that our Masterplan creates the connections into the surrounding areas so local people can benefit from the transformation. I’m delighted to launch our consultation so we can hear the views of our neighbours in the communities around us.”

Geoff Springer, Old Oak Park Development Director, said:

“Old Oak Park is going to be an exceptional new piece of London – where we will create new homes at all tenures and price ranges, job opportunities that people can access, good schools, great parks and an incredible canal-side environment. At its heart will be a fascinating cultural quarter that will bring people from all over the capital, the UK and even the world, to this part of West London. We are committed to delivering that vision.

“This is one of the most important developments in London for a generation; delivering 7,000 new homes across a number of residential neighbourhoods, providing a million sq ft of offices and workspace, particularly for small and medium sized businesses, a new London Overground Station, 14 bridges and underpasses creating the connections to the communities around us, and a 500,000 sq ft cultural institution anchoring an entire cultural and educational quarter.”

In June 2013 Mayor of London Boris Johnson set out a 30-year vision to transform Old Oak Common into a thriving new district. Cargiant is the largest private landowner in the area and the 7,000 new homes they will build is a significant proportion of the 24,000 target the Mayor has set.

In April 2015 the Old Oak and Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation (OPDC) was established and acts as the Local Planning Authority for the area in order to help realise the vision and opportunity of Old Oak and Park Royal. At the end of 2015 the OPDC published the Opportunity Area Planning Framework for Old Oak Common and it is now also preparing
its draft Local Plan.

Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, said:

“This Masterplan is another sign of the growing momentum behind the transformation of Old Oak. London urgently needs new homes and jobs to meet its rapidly-rising population and there can be no doubt that the regeneration of this area represents a real opportunity to meet those needs. We are working hard with Cargiant and others to deliver the homes, offices, work spaces and community and cultural facilities to create a brand new thriving part of the capital.”

The 46 acre Old Oak Park site is central to creating connections across the wider area and to unlocking the transformation of Old Oak Common. It is one of the first major sites to come forward in the area and the Old Oak Park team has been working closely with the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, where the site lies within, as well as the neighbouring London Boroughs of Ealing and Brent to ensure we are clear of their aspirations for the area.

Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, said:

“We welcome the progress that has been made as consultation starts on the Old Oak Park Masterplan and are looking forward to receiving the planning application. We will continue to work with the Cargiant team and this milestone shows real momentum behind this significant regeneration programme. The consultation follows hot on the heels of the OPDC adopting its Planning Framework, as we get ready to consult on the Local Plan which will set out the blueprint for the wider regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal”

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 canalside park and open spaces or coming to Old Oak Park as a place to work.”