Network Homes gets the green light for first stage of Northwick Park transformation
17 December 2020
Network Homes has received planning permission to build 654 new homes and commercial facilities at Northwick Park in Brent as part of the first stage of a major regeneration project.
In total 245 homes (40%) will be for affordable tenures including London Affordable Rent, London Living Rent, Intermediate Rent (for key workers) and Shared Ownership. The rest will be for private sale or rent.
Work on Network’s development will start on site in early 2022. A new spine road providing access to the development has also been approved and construction of this will start in 2021. Plans for the next phase of development for up to 946 homes, new university facilities, and public realm upgrades to the area in front of Northwick Park Tube station will be decided at planning committee in early 2021.
The overall transformation is being delivered through a partnership between Network Homes, London North West Hospitals NHS Trust, Brent Council and the University of Westminster through a One Public Estate (OPE) project. This is an established national programme delivered by the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association (LGA), which encourages public sector organisations to use their property assets together to create economic growth, deliver new jobs and homes, improve public services and operate more efficiently.
The plans will see Northwick Park turned into a landmark destination with new high-quality homes, a modernised university hospital, improved infrastructure and transport connections, as well as improved public spaces and enhanced facilities for education and employment.
We’re really pleased to get this exciting transformation underway. It will bring much needed affordable homes and jobs to the area. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners at Brent Council, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of Westminster to transform Northwick Park into a thriving neighbourhood.David Gooch, Executive Director of Development at Network Homes
Charlotte Pollock, Associate at architect PRP, commented: “This success is a testament to the strong working relationship between the entire project team, it has been a great opportunity to work collaboratively with all four partners to create a shared vision for the Northwick Park area. Placemaking has been at the forefront of the design proposals, which aim to create a new sense of arrival from Northwick Park station and include a strategically located ‘Village hub’ to form the heart of the new community. An architectural language for the facades was evolved to create a distinct identity for the neighbourhood, using a grid structure throughout the development which is a contemporary interpretation of the façade detail on the adjacent 1970s hospital buildings. A high-quality public realm strategy ties the scheme together and builds upon the existing ecological assets of the area.”