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We Made That appointed masterplanner for Park Royal Centre

Park Royal

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) has chosen architecture and urbanism practice We Made That as masterplanner for Park Royal Centre.

Park Royal in West London is home to 2,000 businesses and is the UK’s largest industrial estate, with 2,227 hectares of industrial land.

The vision for Park Royal is for it to continue to thrive as an industrial area and accommodate even more businesses and jobs.

The estate next to Old Oak is a large development area set to become home to High Speed 2 (HS2) and the Elizabeth line (formerly Crossrail) by 2026. It will act as a hub between London, the rest of the UK, Europe and the world.

Oliver Goodhall, partner at We Made That, said: “Park Royal Centre masterplan programme is an incredibly exciting opportunity to bring to fruition some of the crucial early moves in a bold and ambitious project, whilst also shaping its long-term trajectory for a new designated neighbourhood centre within a unique industrial context.”

Relatively little was known about the diversity of Park Royal’s businesses until the Park Royal Atlas, published in 2014, identified sectors including food manufacturing, logistics and the film industry.

The Park Royal Centre masterplan is required to explore:

  • How congestion in and around the Park Royal estate can be reduced;
  • How Central Middlesex Hospital can be better integrated;
  • How a minimum of 1,400 new jobs and 650 new homes can be accommodated;
  • How capacity for additional and existing businesses by creating 3,000 square metres of new town centre floorspace can be increased; and
  • What early activation projects and public realm enhancements can be delivered to create a safer and more improved and pleasant place for people to work and live in and travel through.

The emerging masterplan will be discussed at a public consultation event in July, with the final masterplan expected to be completed in early autumn.

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