Green space re­vamp

Plan for Friends Gar­den

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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Artist’s im­pres­sion of the Bel­mont of­fice de­vel­op­ment with Friends Gar­den next to it

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