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Delegates out in force for the Invest Harrow networking event

Investors turn out for Harrow regeneration tour

Fri 13 May 2016, 5:31 pm

Key developers interested in a £1.75 billion regeneration programme in the London Borough of Harrow came to the Enterprise Centre at Harrow College last night (12 May) to hear about further opportunities.

Those invited had met with Harrow Council's Paul Nichols and Tobias Goevert at MIPIM, the global property conference, in March.

The networking event was preceded by a walking tour of the borough’s main regeneration sites, with 15 investors taking two hours to find out in detail about the opportunities and what the council plans.  

The event, which attracted 84 delegates, also saw the London launch of 3Fox International’s BIG magazine, which in March was prominent on the London Pavilion at MIPIM.

Speakers at the event included the council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for business, planning and regeneration, Keith Ferry; chief executive Michael Lockwood, and director of regeneration and planning, Paul Nichols. Ali Ravanshad, from architecture, design and development management company, Dandi Living, also spoke.

Ferry talked about ongoing developments in Harrow, including the relocation of Harrow Civic Centre to make way for housing and its partnership with Fairview Homes on the Gayton Road development. A new leisure centre is also being considered.

He added: “As well as all this, there are around another 25 developers working in the borough. It’s a very exciting time for Harrow.”

Representatives of many of these developers were present. Lockwood addressed them directly: “In Harrow, we’re talking about a £1.75 billion regeneration programme to create nearly 5,500 houses and 3,000 jobs.

“It is ambitious. We think Harrow’s a great place, but want to make it an even greater place for people to live in, visit and work in. You have an opportunity to work with an entrepreneurial, fast-moving and agile council.” 

Ravanshad praised the local authority: "For us it was easy to choose Harrow because it is both affordable and accessible. You will not get a council as helpful and as available as Harrow."

View photos of the event, taken by David Tothill here

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