Next stage for deco land­mark

Prop­erty de­vel­op­ers prom­ise to cher­ish mod­ernist Ran­dalls build­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

UXBRIDGE depart­ment store Ran­dalls which has borne former MP Sir John Ran­dall’s fam­ily name since 1891 has been sold to prop­erty de­vel­op­ers.

In­land Homes have bought the grade II listed build­ing on Vine Street which was owned by the fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions.

Sir John, who was MP for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip from 1997 un­til 2015, said: “It was al­ways go­ing to be a wrench for my­self and my fel­low share­hold­ers to sell the prop­erty af­ter all the years in our fam­ily’s own­er­ship.

“How­ever, we are ex­cited by the very real in­ter­est taken by In­land Homes in the her­itage as­pects of the build­ing and site.

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to see­ing the build­ing be­ing re­vi­talised in the next part of its evo­lu­tion.”

The de­vel­op­ers have said they plan to keep the art deco el­e­ment of the build­ing, but will trans­form it into a mix­ture of com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial prop­erty.

They have also ex­pressed a keen in­ter­est in the ex­te­rior of the Ran­dall’s build­ing for its mod­ernist de­sign.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of In­land Homes, Stephen Wicks, said: “Peo­ple are un­der­stand­ably fond of the Ran­dalls build­ing, which is part of the fab­ric of Uxbridge.

“We are look­ing for­ward to work­ing out a de­tailed plan for de­vel­op­ment which cher­ishes its il­lus­tri­ous his­tory.”

The store closed in Jan­uary and Sir John told Get West Lon­don dur­ing the sale that it was a harder de­ci­sion than step­ping down as an MP from Par­lia­ment.

“It’s up there be­reave­ment” he said.

Five gen­er­a­tions of the fam­ily worked at the store which first opened its doors in 1891, but Sir John ad­mit­ted it is no longer vi­able to run it as a fur­ni­ture shop.

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n ART DECO DE­SIGN: De­vel­op­ers have bought the Grade II listed Ran­dalls in Vine Street, Uxbridge

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