Green space revamp
Plan for Friends Garden
FRIENDS Garden in Uxbridge town centre is to be completely rejuvenated by the company building new offices next door.
Aviva Investors has been granted permission by Hillingdon Council to re-landscape the garden in Belmont Road and expects it to be open to the public in time for the summer.
It is located beside ‘Belmont’, Aviva’s £30million office scheme which will offer businesses 125,000 sq ft of available space when it is completed later this year.
The rents are expected to be in excess of £30 per square foot.
The offices are a two minute walk to Uxbridge tube station and will be neighbours to Coca Cola and Xerox.
Aviva’s South East director Jon Ashcroft said: “The redevelopment of the Belmont office scheme, gives us an opportunity to update the public areas on the street front surrounding the site – this includes the Friends Garden.
“We are particularly excited about bringing the garden back to life.
“We will be using traditional planting to maintain the green and intimate character of the space, while making it more visible and inviting for those looking in from the street.”
The company says its proposals will make an “under-used space into a more attractive and friendly place” to be enjoyed by the local community and all visitors to Uxbridge.
Mature trees will provide shade and new benches and a new paved area is being created.
Barton Wilmore has been appointed to oversee the landscape design of the space and, afterwards the garden will be owned and maintained by Aviva but open to the public.
It was not a requirement of the planning application to update the gardens, but a company spokeswoman added: “We think it will be a beautiful garden that will be enjoyed by both the local community and future office workers at Belmont.”
Artist’s impression of the Belmont office development with Friends Garden next to it