The proposed mixed use scheme at the former Nestlé factory in Hayes has been approved by planning committee, subject to the Section 106 and planning conditions being finalised. This pioneering development will help meet the challenge faced by London of creating new homes, coupled with the need for nearby employment opportunities.
Hillingdon Council ruled in favour of the scheme which will be delivered by SEGRO and Barratt London and will see 1386 new homes designed by masterplanner Makower, Hawkins\Brown and dMFK neighbouring 230,000 sq ft of modern light industrial space by Michael Sparks Associates.
SEGRO is responsible for the industrial element and Barratt London will be responsible for delivering the homes and community space on the site.
“We’re really pleased to get another consent with Barratt London this year, working in collaboration with our fellow architects and the wider planning team. This consent shows that residential and industrial uses - by SEGRO in this case - can sit close to one another with the right masterplan approach.”
Seth Rutt Partner, Hawkins\Brown
When built and occupied the Nestlé development will boost the local economy by up to £130m GVA and the residents in the new homes will boost retail expenditure in the region of £7.5m - £10m each year.
The former Nestlé factory that once produced chocolate and coffee, is a feature of the local community and the proposals have been designed to honour the heritage of the site. The three hectares of new public spaces, include a public plaza at the heart of the development, named after Eugen Sandow, the man who built the factory in 1913.
As part of this process, Hawkins\Brown engaged Manchester studio United Creatives to design a nine storey mural in memory of Eugen Sandow on the end of one of their blocks, which faces the platforms of Hayes and Harlington station on the new Elizabeth line.
The scheme will also deliver other benefits, ranging from a 1.3 km public trim trail to a redeveloped canal frontage that will be accessible to all, to a coffee shop in the Canteen building. There will also be improvements made to the local road junctions including the Bulls Bridge Roundabout.
Sustainability will be at the heart of the development and community spaces, with 2000 cycle spaces, electric vehicle charging points and extensive landscaping.
The 30 acre site, which SEGRO acquired in 2015, is in a prime location for business and residents. It is less than a mile from junction 3 of the M4 motorway which offers easy access to the UK motorway network for regional distribution and to central London for urban logistics operators. It is also next to the Hayes and Harlington railway station which will become a Crossrail station in 2019.
Since SEGRO and Barratt London began the planning process in 2016, they have worked together to engage with the local community on three separate consultation events. In June 2016, over 200 members of the community attended an open day hosted at the site and shared their views and suggestions on the proposed regeneration of the formerly derelict site.
“Referencing the industrial history of the Nestlé site, including a ten storey public art piece by United Creatives has been central to our part of the scheme, which will provide over 500 homes within a total of almost 1400. We look forward to seeing it delivered on site.”
Seth Rutt Partner, Hawkins\Brown