End­ing in sight for 11-storey project

Uxbridge Gazette - - News - By QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

CON­STRUC­TION work has restarted on a 120-flat tower block in Hayes af­ter it spent three years stand­ing half-built.

The Blyth Road tower block, which can be seen from Hayes & Har­ling­ton sta­tion, has re­mained dor­mant since June 2015 when the orig­i­nal de­vel­op­ers, Wood­lands So­cial Hous­ing, went into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The site is due to cre­ate 120 new homes in the area, 97 of which will be af­ford­able, and was pur­chased by Par­a­digm Hous­ing af­ter Wood­lands col­lapsed.

How­ever the site re­mained aban­doned for three years, while Par­a­digm “ex­plored their op­tions” .

Speak­ing to getwest­lon­don in 2016, Par­a­digm blamed EU reg­u­la­tions for the de­lay in re­sum­ing work at the site.

In July 2017 Par­a­digm ap­plied for “non-ma­te­rial” changes to the orig­i­nal plan­ning per­mis­sion, which was granted in Septem­ber 2012.

Amend­ments to floor­plans, el­e­va­tions and land­scap­ing of the 11-storey build­ing were agreed by Hilling­don Coun­cil .

In April, work re­sumed at the site af­ter al­most three years of in­ac­tiv­ity. Par­a­digm es­ti­mate that the en­tire project will be com­pleted by the end of 2020.

A spokes­woman for Par­a­digm said: “We are pleased to have ap­pointed a new con­trac­tor C Field Con­struc­tion Lim­ited to com­plete the de­vel­op­ment at Blyth Road, Hayes.

“We spent some time ex­plor­ing all the op­tions for this site af­ter the pre­vi­ous con­trac­tor folded and are pleased we are now able to de­liver on our orig­i­nal plan to pro­vide 120 much-needed homes for the area.

“Work started in April and will be com­pleted by the end of 2020.”

The site in Blyth Road has been idle for three years

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