Fly­ing start to in­au­gu­ral race

FOR­MER COCA-COLA SITE HOSTS FIRST DRONE CHAL­LENGE IN THE COUN­TRY

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

LATER this month the UK’s first ever drone rac­ing league starts – and the first race took place in Uxbridge.

The unique event took place on May 20 in Uxbridge’s lat­est devel­op­ment, The Char­ter Build­ing last, ahead of the start of a new drone rac­ing league.

Drone pi­lots took over the for­mer Coca-Cola head­quar­ters, which has been ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated and ex­panded into a 240,000 square foot com­mer­cial space.

Spec­ta­tors gath­ered in the light-filled atrium were able to see drones whizzing around the build­ing through an in­tri­cate course.

The event, ti­tled #The Char­ter Project was won by DaWeapon aka Daniel Peters af­ter a se­ries of knock out rounds and a grand fi­nale.

The build­ing has been de­vel­oped in a joint ven­ture by Lan­did Prop­erty and Brock­ton Cap­i­tal was com­pleted ear­lier this year.

The de­vel­op­ers staged the event just be­fore occupiers started mov­ing in, al­low­ing for hoops and ob­sta­cles to be put up around vast one-acre floor­plates as well as the atrium.

It comes just weeks ahead of the UK’s first ever drone rac­ing league race, to be held at Alexan­dra Palace with many of the same com­peti­tors.

The build­ing, in Char- ter Place, brought more than 1,600 jobs to Uxbridge in the con­struc­tion phase, with more ex­pected as the five-story build­ing fills up.

Devel­op­ment be­gan in 2015, be­fore which the build­ing was home to Coca Cola’s bot­tling op­er­a­tions

The de­vel­op­ers are keen to make the build­ing avail­able to lo­cals and plan on reg­u­larly host­ing events for the com­mu­nity to en­joy.

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