Restau­rant plan for former home of RAF

Coun­cil grants per­mis­sion for re­de­vel­op­ment

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

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.

The his­toric

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

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