The development framework describes the transformation of an industrial archipelago into a productive mixed use place in outer London. Here the industrial economy of Park Royal intermixes with existing and future communities of Old Oak to form a unique ecology of distinct places.
Victoria Road and Old Oak Lane lies in between London’s industrial powerhouse at Park Royal and the city’s largest regeneration opportunity at Old Oak Common. It is located between Harlesden and North Acton town centres, criss-crossed by railways, canals and road infrastructure. This development spine is a critical part of the overall vision for Old Oak and Park Royal.
As a legacy of strict land use zoning, the area suffers from a lack of connectivity and integration where industrial and infrastructural uses have been banished to what were the city fringes. Overall, there is a unique patchwork of different building stock and uses: heritage railway cottages, manufacturing workshops, food factories, co-living estates, terraced housing and high street shops.
We are delivering a development framework that embraces diversity through a site-wide connectivity strategy with detail on specific public realm improvements; development briefs for 15 key sites; a strategy for the retention of employment floor space; policy guidance on the integration of types of industrial space with other uses and Supplementary Planning Guidance for future development. This masterplan will serve as evidence base which will feed directly into the Old Oak and Park Royal masterplan as well as the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) Local Plan.
Integrating urban industry is a key theme of redevelopment here and in the wider OPDC area. Faced with the pressure of delivering significant numbers of new homes in the near future, the masterplan successfully preserves the existing ecology of workspaces and enhances key industry clusters.
London needs its industry and Victoria Road and Old Oak Lane pioneers new models of physical integration between working and living spaces.