Com­mer­cial phase of RAF land devel­op­ment re­vealed

Of­fices will de­liver new jobs to area

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­

NEW of­fices at a for­mer RAF base in Uxbridge would cre­ate around 1,000 new jobs, the de­vel­oper has claimed.

Plans for just un­der 120,000sq-ft of of­fice space at the St An­drews Park site – a sixth of the floor space at Buck­ing­ham Palace – have been sub­mit­ted to Hilling­don Coun­cil by St Mod­wen.

The lat­est pro­pos­als are part of wider plans for the old Min­istry of De­fence land, which in­clude 1,300 new homes, a 40-acre public park and a new pri­mary school, John Locke Academy, which opened in Septem­ber 2014. The of­fice devel­op­ment is the first phase of the Uxbridge town cen­tre ex­ten­sion el­e­ment, which will in­clude a ho­tel, mu­seum, restau­rants and shops.

James Stock­dale, St Mod­wen’s devel­op­ment manager, said: “Once we get the go-ahead for this com­mer­cial phase of the wider project we will be able to start to de­liver the new jobs for the area, both in the long-term and also dur­ing con­struc­tion phase.

“We are mak­ing strong progress on the res­i­den­tial front with many homes al­ready built, and oc­cu­pied, with more now un­der con­struc­tion.

“The ex­cel­lent new John Locke Academy pri­mary school is up and run­ning, and we are very much look­ing for­ward to at­tract­ing new of­fice oc­cu­piers and cre­at­ing new jobs for the peo­ple of Uxbridge in the next stage of the devel­op­ment.”

St An­drews Park was one of six for­mer RAF bases dis­posed of by the

the MoD, with ser­vices at those sites be­ing re­lo­cated to RAF Northolt.

It con­tains the Grade I listed Battle of Bri­tain Bunker, which is run by the RAF and will re­main open to the public by prior ap­point­ment.

A spokes­woman for St Mod­wen said 150 new homes at the site were al­ready oc­cu­pied and it ex­pected an­other 50-70 sales to be com­pleted by the end of the year.

n PLANS: De­signs for just un­der 120,000sq-ft of of­fice space at the St An­drews Park site

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