Illustrative Masterplan to transform London site, created by PLP Architecture and Arup, launched for public consultation
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.
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.”
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.