DAIRY TALE WIN FOR ARLA DEVEL­OP­MENT

Harefield Gazette - - Front Page - by QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

CITYGROVE, the de­vel­op­ers of the Old Dairy in South Ruis­lip have won a pres­ti­gious re­gen­er­a­tion award.

The de­vel­op­ers turned a for­mer derelict Arla bot­tling plant into 162 flats, an 11-screen Cineworld cin­ema, an Asda su­per­store and petrol pump and five fam­ily restau­rants.

It is thought the devel­op­ment will bring around 600 new jobs to the area.

The site won the Royal In­sti­tute of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors London award for re­gen­er­a­tion, and was pit­ted against ten other sites.

In Novem­ber, the site will com­pete against other re­gen­er­a­tion projects from across the coun­try to be crowned na­tional cham­pi­ons.

The judges said: “Citygrove have over­come a num­ber of chal­lenges to to­tally trans­form the site into a new shop­ping and leisure des­ti­na­tion, with new res­i­den­tial units, a petrol sta­tion and pub­lic realm im­prove­ments. The judges were im­pressed with the strength of lo­cal com­mu­nity col­lab­o­ra­tion, who drove for­ward a scheme to meet their needs.

“In do­ing so, an un­of­fi­cial new heart to the town cen­tre has been formed.”

An­drew Ren­nie, from Citygrove, said: “We are de­lighted to have won the award for Re­gen­er­a­tion.

“Watch­ing the scheme take shape from the derelict site we saw at the be­gin­ning to a place where the lo­cal com­mu­nity can en­joy their leisure time is highly re­ward­ing.”

The site is now al­most fully opened, with Asda, Nando’s and Chiq­uito’s al­ready open and Cineworld due to open on July 5.

Res­i­dents have also be­gun mov­ing into their new homes.

The award win­ning Old Dairy devel­op­ment and (bot­tom right) the Citygrove team

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