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Masterplan for Harrow Civic Centre under way

by Marco Cillario Tue 26 July 2016, 12:07 pm

Architects have begun conceiving the masterplan for the redevelopment of Harrow’s civic centre on Station Road to create hundreds of new homes, community facilities and public areas.

Led by Stephen Taylor Architects, working in partnership with Allies and Morrison and Sergison Bates, the design team is formulating a strategy to redevelop the 4.6-ha site, which will be vacant when the council moves its offices into a new purpose-built structure in Wealdstone in 2020.

The aim is to provide between 800 and 900 new homes along with a community facility, which is likely to be a school, workspace, retail and public realm.

The redevelopment, provisionally called Poet’s Corner in reference to the poet-named streets that historically occupied the site, also looks to create better pedestrian links to Harrow and Wealdstone stations.

The ‘Heart of Harrow’ area, comprising Harrow town centre where Station Road is located, was granted housing zone status by former London Mayor Boris Johnson in March 2015, meaning it will benefit from a share of a £31.5 million fund from the Greater London Authority to support the development of new homes.

The council’s planning policies require that 40% of the new homes be allocated as affordable.

The design team has anticipated that most new development will be between six and eight storeys high. Discussions on whether to retain the civic centre are currently under way.

An outline planning application for the site should be submitted by the end of 2016, along with a detailed plan for the first phase, which will include 200 private rented homes.

Work is expected to start in summer 2017.

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