Restaurant plan for former home of RAF
Council grants permission for redevelopment
A GRADE II listed former military hospital in Uxbridge is to become a restaurant and offices.
Hillingdon House which was once home to RAF Bomber Command, now forms part of the St Andrew’s Park site that is being redeveloped by VINCI St Modwen.
It was built in 1717 as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Schomberg and destroyed by fire. The present house was built in its place in 1844 and was acquired by the British Government in 1915.
It became the home of the Royal Flying Corps, later to evolve into the Royal Air Force, and sits adjacent to the famous Grade I listed Battle of Britain Bunker.
building has been acquired by Hillingdon House ( UK) Ltd as part of plans for a 6,000 sq ft restaurant and office space.
Tim Seddon, regional director for St Modwen, said: “This is another significant step forward in delivering a mixed-use community at the very edge of Uxbridge town centre and opening up the once closed site with much needed new homes and a new school, leisure and recreation facilities, including a new pubic park, and opportunities for over 1,000 jobs from the commercial space.”
St Andrew’s Park has an overall outline planning permission for 1,300 homes, with individual plots being developed by St Modwen Homes, Charles Church and Persimmon Homes. Some 160 homes have already been completed.
St Andrew’s Park has also already welcomed the new John Locke Academy school and work is well under way to establish the 45-acre public park. A detailed planning application to build an office park which could deliver 1,000 jobs has also been submitted for approval.
A further detailed residential planning application has been submitted to Hillingdon Council for 249 homes, for the ‘triangle’ plot adjacent to the commercial heart of St Andrew’s Park. THREE pupils from Abbotsfield School were picked to give a speech to a packed audience at City Hall.
Kieran Dolan, Rizwan Ahmad and Daniel D’Arcy, all in Year 11 at the school in Clifton Gardens, Uxbridge, addressed more than 100 heads and teachers from schools across London at a conference in October.
Later they attended a reception overlooking Tower Bridge and met Mark Kielburger, one of the young founders of the global education charity Free The Children.
Free The Children was started by Mark’s brother Craig in 1995, at the age of 12, and has expanded throughout the USA and Canada to provide education to more than 55,000 children every day.
Head teacher Mark Bland praised the pupils for their bravery and professionalism in addressing the gathering.
He added: “I was delighted to see the charitable works of the boys in the wider community being recognised.”
n DEVELOPMENT: Hillingdon House is to become a restaurant and offices