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4th May 2017 - ST. MODWEN APPOINTS GALLIFORD TRY TO BUILD NEXT PHASE OF ST. ANDREW’S PARK DEVELOPMENT
St. Modwen has appointed construction company, Galliford Try to deliver the latest phase of residential development at the St. Andrew’s Park 1,300-home new community at the former RAF Uxbridge base. This next phase will sit close to the edge of London’s newest park – a 32-acre area of woodland and parkland at the heart of the scheme.
The £90 million apartment development includes the construction of a further 249 homes spread over four blocks and will offer a range of ownerships and tenures. In addition, a new road junction adjacent to the site will be created, with further landscaping of the communal areas also taking place.
The site is part of the planned new office and commercial heart of St. Andrew’s Park, which will be an extension to Uxbridge’s town centre, creating around 1,000 jobs in the area.
Work is scheduled to start on site later this month with a completion by late spring 2018.
Tim Seddon, Regional Director for London and the South East at St. Modwen, said: “This is a very significant stage for us and the project as we are developing this site ourselves rather than selling on the plots of land.
“We will have a wide variety of homes offering something for everyone with some to be sold and some to be privately rented.”
Matthew Pool, Galliford Try London and South East Commercial Managing Director, welcomed the news: “Our track record in delivering high quality residential schemes throughout London and the South East is well established. We are delighted to be working with St. Modwen on this high profile scheme, on the doorstep of our own headquarters, and look forward to adding this further phase of high-quality housing to the St. Andrew’s Park development.”
A new school on site has already been delivered and St. Modwen’s housebuilding arm, St. Modwen Homes is already onsite delivering some 85 new homes and Persimmon Homes is well advanced with its housing phases.
St. Andrew’s Park has a rich history as the former RAF Uxbridge played a pivotal role in the WWII’s Battle of Britain. The development is home to the Battle of Britain Bunker museum and operations room as well as the Grade II listed Hillingdon House, which sits at the heart of the park and is set to become home to a new restaurant.
Pupils from John Locke Academy in Uxbridge were recently invited to learn about the importance of site safety at St. Andrew’s Park with Ivor Goodsite, the construction industry mascot, who spent the afternoon on site with the children.
Fifty children were taught all about the dangers found on a building site and how to avoid them. Fully kitted out in high-vis jackets and hard hats, they were invited onto site by Ivor who helped them climb up into a fork-lift truck where they could beep the horn to signal potential dangers they could identify on site. From a viewing platform the children were also able to watch the cranes, which are currently building the new St. Modwen homes, in action. Finally, the children were each sent home with a fun learning pack as a souvenir containing balloons, stickers and colour-in masks.
Holly Gilder, Year 2 Teacher at John Locke Academy said: “The children really enjoyed their trip onto the site and were very excited to meet Ivor Goodsite. The afternoon was not only good fun for everyone involved but taught the children an important lesson about safety and the dangers associated with any building site, which is of particular importance for us as our school is located on the edge of the St. Andrew’s Park scheme.”
Adrian Baron, Senior Project Manager at St. Modwen Homes said: “Site safety is our main priority and it’s important to us that children, particularly those living and going to school nearby to a site, learn about the potential dangers from a young age. It’s also another great opportunity to get involved in the local community in which we operate.”
Work to regenerate the 110 acre, former RAF Uxbridge site by St. Modwen and its partner VINCI began in 2013 and the new state-of-the-art 720-pupil primary school, the John Locke Academy and over 400 homes have already been delivered. The development will build upon and expand the wider community and vitality of Uxbridge’s town centre. It will ultimately comprise of 1,340 new homes, over 200,000 sq ft of office and retail space, a hotel, theatre, museum, care home, 40 acre public park and will deliver some 1,000 jobs.
This week pupils from the nearby John Locke Academy and Ryefield Primary School came together with VINCI St. Modwen, the development partners at St. Andrew’s Park, to help plant the first greenery around the brand new children’s play area within the park.
House Captains and members of the School Council from Ryefield Primary and children in the Gardening Club at the John Locke Academy planted Hebes and Luzulas around the newly constructed children’s play area adjacent to St. Andrew’s Road, within the new parkland area.
The play area and wider 40-acre park, which will be Greater London’s largest new public green space for some time, is due to be opened later this year and the area will then be accessible to the public for the first time since well before World War Two.
Staff from St. Modwen and its housebuilding unit, St. Modwen Homes; Ground Control which undertook the work;,and the landscape architects Allen Pyke Associates were on hand to assist and lend their support.
The children from both schools are looking forward to being able to play on the new climbing frames and slides and to being able to show off their newly learned gardening skills to their families.
The John Locke Academy, which opened in September 2014, is a part of the multimillion-pound regeneration project to revitalise the former RAF Uxbridge site by VINCI St. Modwen. Pupils at the new school, located just over the road from the play area, have been able to witness the transformation of the park first-hand.
Pru Silk, Reception Teacher at John Locke Academy said: “The children in our Gardening Club were very excited to have the chance to practise their planting skills at the new play area they have watched being installed just across the road from their classrooms. We look forward to watching the plants bloom and to the park opening later this year.”
Colin Tucker, Head Teacher at Ryefield Primary School said: “The students really enjoyed being able to learn new skills and help with the planting at St. Andrew’s Park. They’re all looking forward to going home and planting the sunflower seeds they were given and being able to watch them grow.”
Ruby Cripps, student at Vyners School, was invited back to St. Andrew’s Park to photograph the younger students planting. Last year Ruby fought off competition from 400 other GCSE art students to win St. Modwen’s 30th anniversary placemaking photography competition, with her photograph of a construction worker at St. Andrew’s Park overlaid on photographs of the former RAF buildings.
Work to regenerate the 110-acre, former RAF Uxbridge site by St. Modwen and its partner VINCI began in 2013 and the new state-of-the-art 720-pupil primary school, the John Locke Academy and over 400 homes have already been delivered. The development will build upon and increase the wider community and vitality of Uxbridge’s town centre. It will ultimately comprise of 1,340 new homes, over 200,000 sq ft of office and retail space, a hotel, theatre, museum, care home, 40-acre public park and will deliver some 1,000 jobs.
St. Modwen Homes has started construction on 85 new homes at St. Andrew’s Park in Uxbridge, Greater London.
The properties will form the latest phase of the 1,300-home new community at the former RAF Uxbridge site in Hillingdon and will sit on the edge of London’s newest park – a 40-acre area of woodland and parkland at the heart of the development.
Known for its award-winning and unique house designs, this will be the first time that St. Modwen Homes has built family homes in Greater London, with St. Andrew’s Park set to be the housebuilder’s most prestigious development to date.
Currently celebrating its fifth anniversary, St. Modwen Homes is the housebuilding brand of St. Modwen, which together with its joint venture partner VINCI is leading the regeneration of the former RAF Uxbridge site.
Dave Smith, Managing Director at St. Modwen Homes, said: “We take great pride in delivering design-led properties that boast modernist contemporary features, including glazed elevations, modern external materials, generous balcony and high level amenity space and the latest technology throughout.
“At St. Andrew’s Park, we’ve worked closely with Stride Treglown architects to ensure our new homes are exceptional in the market place, as well as benefitting from the stunning parkland, and we’re very excited to now be in a position where we’re moving forwards with the development.”
With construction now underway, St. Modwen Homes aims to launch the first properties for sale next month, coinciding with the opening of the on-site sales and marketing suite. The first homes to be released will include a mix of one and two-bedroom maisonettes and four bedroomed, three and four storey townhouses; some of which will boast views directly onto the park.
All the new homes will have their own allocated parking spaces as well as lockable cycle storage and access to visitor parking. The first Showhome is due to open in May 2017.
Dave said: “St. Andrew’s Park is set to be a truly standout development and a great example of regeneration in the UK. More than just homes, new homeowners will also benefit from the many amenities being delivered on site, including places to work, a theatre, museum and new restaurant, as well as the park and John Locke Academy Primary School that have already been delivered.”
St. Andrew’s Park has a rich history and as the former RAF Uxbridge played a pivotal role in the Battle of Britain. The development is home to the Battle of Britain Bunker museum and operations room as well as the Grade II listed Hillingdon House, which sits at the heart of the park and is set to become home to a new restaurant.
The new homes by St. Modwen Homes will build upon the growing new community, with earlier phases of new homes already occupied and the John Locke Academy well-established.
Anyone wishing to register their interest in the new homes can do so at www.stmodwenhomes.co.uk. Alternatively, more information about St. Andrew’s Park can be found on the Facebook page or on the St. Modwen Homes Twitter page.
Uxbridge’s Vyners School was celebrating this week after being awarded first prize in a nationwide photography competition.
GCSE student Ruby Cripps beat competition from across the UK to be crowned the winner by St. Modwen – the UK’s leading regeneration specialist – which set up the competition to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary.
Challenged to capture the theme of place-making through the medium of photography, over 400 entries by GCSE art students across the country were submitted.
Ruby was selected from just seven finalists as the overall winner and was awarded a state-of-the-art camera and £3,000 towards Vyners School’s Art Department.
Earlier this year, each school attended a photography workshop at a local St. Modwen development site, hosted by professional photographer, Stephen Burke of the Telegraph and Financial Times.
Ruby’s winning photograph was taken at St. Andrew’s Park, the former RAF Uxbridge site which St. Modwen along with its partner VINCI is transforming into a mixed-use development of 1,300 new homes, a 40-acre public park, a new primary school, retail, offices and a theatre.
The photograph, which shows a construction worker overlaid on photographs of the former RAF buildings, was commended for the way she successfully captured the essence of place making, by combining the history of the site with the present to reveal a place in transition.
Tim Seddon, Regional Director at St. Modwen said:
“We wanted to use our 30th anniversary to build on our schools engagement programme and link education with regeneration, art and urban design. Not only has the photography competition achieved this, but it has also enabled us to capture what regeneration looks like in 2016 to a new generation. The students are growing up with regeneration projects right on their doorstep and the competition has helped them to explore their community and get an understanding of what it is that gives a true sense of place to any community”.
Vish Sodha, Teacher of Art & Photography at Vyners School said:
"It has been a fantastic opportunity for the students of Vyners School to have experienced a live brief. The competition sat very well in line with their current coursework, allowing students to see how photography and visual communication can be used within such an industry and highlighting the importance and strength of pictures as a source of visual communication in the current developing world. The competition allowed the students to engage, look and appreciate their current surroundings and the development that is taking place. Ruby’s thought process was definitely challenged and the final piece is a reflection of her strength and ability in both problem solving and within the creative arts. Both Ruby and I are extremely overwhelmed and excited with our win. To be a finalist for such an outstanding company is rewarding in itself."
The seven finalists were invited to a place-making workshop, hosted by Max Farrell at Sir Terry Farrell’s architectural practice in London followed by a ceremony hosted by the Princes Foundation for Building Community. The photographs were judged by a panel of industry leading judges and the prize itself was presented by Lord Lingfield who is a committed educationalist, conservative peer and the former Pro-Chancellor of Uxbridge’s own Brunel University.
8th Jul 2016 - NO SELFIES HERE – STUDENTS GET STUCK INTO PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION AT ST. ANDREW’S PARK
GCSE art students from Uxbridge’s Vyners College have completed the first round of a national photography competition, taking their best shot at capturing the new community taking shape at the former RAF Uxbridge - St. Andrew’s Park.
The competition, to celebrate St. Modwen’s 30th anniversary this year, challenges students from the ‘selfie’ generation to take a different perspective on photography and to capture the theme of placemaking. The students were asked to get behind the lens and explore what community, architecture and urban design meant to them.
Vyners College, one of 30 secondary schools across England and Wales taking part, attended a photography workshop last week at St. Andrew’s Park.
The workshop, hosted by Stephen Burke, photographer for The Telegraph and The Financial Times, gave the students the opportunity to explore what placemaking meant to them, whilst being offered professional photography tips and career advice.
The workshop was a huge success, resulting in some fantastic shots. The best entry from Vyners College will now be put forward into competition with each of the 30 other participating schools.
A shortlist of seven will then be selected by a panel of judges ahead of a national final in September. The lucky winner will be awarded a personal state-of-the art camera as well as £3,000 towards the school’s art department.
Bill Oliver, chief executive, St. Modwen says: “For the last 30 years, St. Modwen has been relentless in its mission to bring new life to areas in need of regeneration and create places for people to live, work, learn, shop and enjoy. In our 30th year, we wanted to capture what we do as a business and to share this with local communities.
“The photography competition enables us to document what regeneration looks like in 2016, but more importantly, has been designed to inspire the next generation to explore what it is that gives a true sense of place to any community as well as educating them on urban design and providing valuable photography skills from industry experts.”
At St. Andrew’s Park, St. Modwen and its partners Vinci are creating a 1,300-home new community on the site of the former RAF Uxbridge, which played a pivotal part in the Battle of Britain.
The transformation of the site is well-underway, with over 100 homes and the new John Locke Academy primary school already completed and work due to start this Summer on a further 249 homes as part of an extension to the town centre and 85 homes next to the new
40-acre public park.
St. Modwen has secured planning permission for its housebuilding business to deliver 85 homes at its £100m St. Andrew’s Park development, in Uxbridge, Greater London.
The properties will form part of a 1,300-home new community at the former RAF Uxbridge site in Hillingdon and will sit on the edge of London’s newest park – a 40-acre area of woodland and parkland at the heart of the development.
St. Modwen Homes will deliver a range of house types, suited at people on all stages of the property ladder, including three and four-bedroom family houses and one and two-bedroom apartments and maisonettes.
Dave Smith, Managing Director at St. Modwen Homes said: "Now in its fifth year, St. Modwen Homes continues to go from strength to strength and, in the last 12 months, we have nearly doubled the amount of homes we’re delivering across the UK.
“These new homes at St. Andrew’s Park represent an important step for us as a housebuilder; being only our second site in Greater London and the first time we will build family houses here.”
In keeping with St. Modwen Homes’ philosophy of light and height, each of the new homes will boast high ceilings and large windows, as well as spacious rooms, to create bright and open spaces throughout. Additionally, all the new homes will have their own parking spaces as well as lockable cycle storage and access to visitor parking.
Dave continued: “We’ve worked very closely with our architects to ensure our homes at St. Andrew’s Park really stand out from others in the local area, using a variety of external elevations and internal layouts to accommodate differing homebuyers’ needs. Moving
forwards, the aim is to begin construction in the next couple of months, with the first show home due to be open by the end of the year.”
St. Andrew’s Park is being developed by St. Modwen and its joint venture partner VINCI on the historic former RAF site, which played a pivotal role in the Battle of Britain. The new development is rapidly taking shape, with over 100 homes and the John Locke Academy primary school already completed.
St. Modwen is also expected to start work this summer on 249 apartments, as part of an extension to the existing town centre. 207 of these are due to be developed as PRS (Private Rented Sector) homes, demonstrating the varied appeal of the St. Andrew’s Park
Additionally, the Grade II listed Hillingdon House is due to be redeveloped as a restaurant and office space and St. Modwen is awaiting planning consent for the new office park next to the town centre.
Tim Seddon, Regional Director for London & the South East at St. Modwen added: “St. Andrew’s Park continues to go from strength to strength as we continue our regeneration of the former MoD site, delivering a comprehensive mix of homes alongside space for
employment and recreation.
“Each aspect of the new development adds significantly to the overall strength of the project, reinforcing the benefits of regeneration to Uxbridge’s existing and growing community.”
St. Modwen Homes currently has 15 live sites located across the UK and, in 2013, completed 117 apartments in the iconic 13 storey Wembley Central building (its first development in Greater London), located adjacent to the tube station in Wembley.
Plans for 85 new homes at St. Andrew’s Park, Uxbridge, have been submitted to the London Borough of Hillingdon.
The new homes are the latest phase of the new community being built on the former RAF Uxbridge base by St. Modwen and would be developed by the company’s housebuilding division St. Modwen Homes.
The homes will include a mix of sizes and styles to reflect the new community at St. Andrew’s Park, including 44 three and four-bedroom family houses as well as one and two-bedroom apartments and maisonettes.
All the new homes will have their own parking spaces as well as lockable cycle storage and access to visitor parking.
The new homes will sit on the edge of the new 40 acre park at the heart of the new community and will include an elegant crescent of family houses overlooking the park.
Overall, St. Andrew’s Park has outline planning permission for 1,300 homes. St. Modwen secured planning consent at the end of 2015 for a further 249 homes on the ‘triangle site’ adjacent to the commercial heart of the new development, to the east of Uxbridge’s town centre, which will include a mix of apartments for private rent and private sale. In addition, some 270 homes have already been completed by Charles Church and Persimmon Homes at the development.
Elsewhere at St. Andrew’s Park the new community is continuing to grow. The new John Locke Academy Primary School opened in 2014 and new entrance and road put in. The new park will start to take shape and the Grade I Hillingdon House is set to be redeveloped as a restaurant and office space. St. Modwen has also submitted its plans for the new office park next to the town centre, which is intended to deliver up to 1,000 jobs.
Robin Smith, Technical Director at St. Modwen Homes said:
"We've worked closely with our architects to design a variety of homes that will suit people on all stages of the property ladder, from first time buyers to growing families and downsizers. What's more, all of our homes have been designed with our philosophy of light and height, meaning each one will be built with large windows and high ceilings as standard, creating the bright and open living spaces that are so popular amongst our homeowners.
"Hopefully, we'll begin work on these new homes at St. Andrews Park during the Autumn this year.”
Rob Barton, Residential Land Director at St. Modwen added:
“This application is the latest in a series of exciting developments being brought forward at St. Andrew’s Park as the new community takes shape.
“Alongside the new homes already on-site, we’re looking forward to starting work on the new apartments as part of the town centre extension later this year, and to opening the green centerpiece of the new community – the park itself.”
A decision on the planning application by the London Borough of Hillingdon is anticipated in the Summer of 2016.
To register your interest in the new homes please see St Modwen Homes’ website: www.stmodwenhomes.co.uk.
One of the main historical buildings on the site of the former RAF Uxbridge site is to be restored to its former glory. The building is a key part of St. Andrew’s Park regeneration project being delivered by joint venture partners VINCI St. Modwen.
The building has been acquired by Hillingdon House (UK) Ltd who will pursue plans to deliver a 6,000 sq ft restaurant and office space.
Hillingdon House, with its impressive location overlooking the new public park, is a former military hospital and was once home to RAF Bomber Command. The original house was built in 1717 as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Schomberg, but was destroyed by fire and the present house was built in its place in 1844.
The British Government purchased Hillingdon House in 1915 and it became the home of the Royal Flying Corps that would soon evolve into the Royal Air Force. The house sits immediately adjacent to the famous Grade I listed Battle of Britain Bunker – the home of fighter command No. 11 Group from 1939 to 1958.
Tim Seddon, Regional Director for St. Modwen, welcomed the sale: “This is another significant step forward in delivering a mixed-use community at the very edge of Uxbridge town centre and opening up the once closed site with much needed new homes and a new school, leisure and recreation facilities, including a new pubic park, and opportunities for over 1,000 jobs from the commercial space.”
St. Andrew’s Park has an overall outline planning permission for 1,300 homes, with individual plots being developed by St. Modwen Homes, Charles Church and Persimmon Homes. Some 160 homes have already been completed.
St. Andrew’s Park has also already welcomed the new John Locke Academy school and work is well underway to establish the 45-acre public park. A detailed planning application to build an office park which could deliver 1,000 jobs has also been submitted for approval.
A further detailed residential planning application has been submitted to Hillingdon Council for 249 homes, for the ‘triangle’ plot adjacent to the commercial heart of St. Andrew’s Park.
15th Sep 2015 - ST. ANDREW’S PARK’S PROUD HSITORY COMMEMORATED BY LOCAL COMMUNITY WITH TIME CAPSULE BURIAL AT HISTORIC BUNKER
School children, teachers, community representatives and the RAF came together today with VINCI St. Modwen, the development partners at St. Andrew’s Park, to seal their memories of 2015 and the RAF Uxbridge’s rich history in a time capsule that was buried on site to one day be shared with a future generation.
The group represented a range of the wider community in Uxbridge as they commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and celebrated a new community that is being built on site.
The time capsule burial was organised by VINCI St. Modwen which is redeveloping the former RAF Uxbridge, building 1,300 new homes, an extension of the town centre including offices and retail, as well as a 45-acre public park, theatre and museum.
Pupils from the John Locke Academy showed how much they appreciated their new school within St. Andrew’s Park by enclosing a photograph of themselves jumping for joy.
Some of the pupils at St. Bernadette’s School drew pictures of the celebrations held at their school on VE Day. One pupil made a model spitfire, another made the news into a colourful bunting, while three pupils proved they really were children of the “noughties” by submitting their entries on disks and memory stick.
Many of the school children had written letters to “people of the future”, describing the major news events of the year such as the Conservatives winning the general election, Chelsea winning the Premier League and the birth of Princess Charlotte, some even detailing their favourite pastimes such as playing football and computer games.
Meanwhile St. Abbotsfield School donated a school tie, school badge and the Year 11 yearbook complete with photographs and good luck messages.
St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School put together a book called “Life in 2015”. They were keen to let the future residents of St. Andrew’s Park know that they owned up to date technology items such as tablets, apple ipod touches and Samsung Galaxy phones.
Nandita Joshi and Sivitha Sivakumar, both 13 , from Swakleys School, wrote an account of their daily lives which will no doubt prove fascinating reading in the future.
And the volunteers of RAF donated a slate coaster from the officers’ mess at RAF Uxbridge as well as a plotting block from the Operations Room table.
The Battle of Britain Bunker, which lies in Boris Johnson’s constituency, has made headlines recently as George Osborne promised more than £1 million towards a new visitors centre.
St. Modwen has also been playing its part, renovating the briefing room in the Battle of Britain bunker, which was badly damaged after flooding last year.
Tim Seddon, St. Modwen’s Regional Director for London and the South East said: “This has been a fantastic way of bringing together elements of the past, present and future on site. The heritage of RAF Uxbridge is tremendously important and we wanted to involve local people in recognising that and in our exciting plans for the future of St. Andrew’s Park.”
The former RAF base in Uxbridge is continuing its transformation into a thriving new community with the announcement that the latest tranche of residential development will be undertaken by St. Modwen Homes.
Between 75 and 85 homes are planned for the plot, which covers more than three acres and will include a range of accommodation from one-bed apartments to four bed family houses.
As a whole, St. Andrew's Park has outline planning permission for 1,300 homes, with individual plots being developed by Charles Church and Persimmon Homes. Some 160 homes have already been completed.
St. Andrew's Park has also already welcomed the new John Locke Academy school and work is well underway to establish the 45-acre public park. A detailed planning application to build an office park which could deliver 1,000 jobs has also been submitted for approval.
A further detailed residential planning application has been submitted to Hillingdon Council for 249 homes, for the 'triangle' plot adjacent to the commercial heart of St. Andrew's Park.
The site is also home to the Battle of Britain Bunker which is commemorating 75 years this summer since the crucial battle took place, as well as being the location of the Grade 1 listed Hillingdon House which is currently on the market.
Rob Barton, Residential Land Director at St. Modwen, said: "St. Modwen Homes developing this latest plot builds on a series of major steps forward for St. Andrew's Park as a new community and a new place to live, work and relax."
Guy Gusterson, Managing Director at St. Modwen Homes said: "St. Modwen Homes is committed to delivering high quality, desirable new homes across the UK. We take a design-led approach to all our new homes, building properties with higher than average ceilings and large windows to create bright and spacious living areas that really stand out against other new build homes.
"St. Andrews Park is a beautiful new development with significant historic relevance and we're very much looking forward to delivering the next residential phase."
St. Modwen Homes is the housebuilding business of St. Modwen, the UK's leading regeneration specialist. The housebuilder currently has 16 live sites located across the UK and has won multiple awards for its house designs and considerate approach to the local community.
The St. Andrew’s Park development at the former RAF Uxbridge site has taken another step forward to delivering a major new community with the submission of a detailed planning application for a further residential site.
Developer VINCI St. Modwen (a 50/50 joint venture between VINCI and St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist) has applied for planning permission to build around 250 new homes. To coincide with the application VSM has released stunning new images showing how it will look on completion.
The triangular residential plot is adjacent to the planned new office and commercial heart, which will be an extension to the existing Uxbridge town centre, creating another 1,000 jobs in the area.
The plans, which have been submitted to Hillingdon Council are for a variety of homes, from studio flats, to three bedroom apartments and will offer a range of tenures including affordable, private sale and privately rented homes.
The homes will be built by St. Modwen with some being sold and some being marketed for rent through the private rented sector (PRS).
The former RAF base has outline planning permission overall for 1,300 homes, 160 of which are already built on plots currently being developed by housebuilders Charles Church and Persimmon Homes.
St. Andrew’s Park is also home to the Battle of Britain Bunker, which is commemorating 75 years this summer since the crucial battle took place, as well as the Grade 1 listed Hillingdon House which is currently being marketed for sale.
Rob Barton, Residential Land Director at St. Modwen, said: “This is a very significant stage for the project as we are building these homes ourselves rather than simply selling on the plots of land.
“We’re also looking at a large number and a wide variety of homes here – from one bed studio apartments to three bed family homes. Offering something for everyone with some affordable, some to be sold and some to be privately rented.”
23rd Jul 2015 - VINCI ST. MODWEN STEPS IN TO HELP RAF VOLUNTEERS KEEP HISTORY ALIVE ON NEW DEVELOPMENT
The Battle of Britain Bunker in St. Andrew’s Park, Uxbridge, has had a new lease of life just in time to commemorate 75th years since it played a pivotal role in winning World War II.
The historic bunker, nestled underground in the former RAF Uxbridge site, was badly damaged in the floods of last summer, which meant that the volunteers who run the facility had been unable to use the briefing room, where visitors, including school children, were previously able to enjoy presentations on the history of the site and view information boards.
Now the developer of the former RAF base, VINCI St. Modwen has stepped in and repaired and refurbished the room, finishing work on the same day George Osborne announced further support for the bunker and ground level visitor facilities after it was brought to his attention by the new MP for the area, Boris Johnson.
The bunker was home to the plotting room for the No 11 Group which shot down one third of enemy planes during the Battle of Britain in World War II.
It now sits alongside the St. Andrew’s Park development, the new housing and office community being built by St. Modwen which is already transforming the base and providing new parkland, a new school and public facilities.
Since 1975 the bunker, which includes the plotting room, controllers’ cabin, and 50 seat briefing room, has been run as a Public Engagement facility hosting guided tours run by RAF volunteers, until the flooding rendered the room unusable.
Unable to find the money from their limited funds or outside contributions the RAF volunteers had to abandon that part of their tour until VINCI St. Modwen lent a helping hand and funding for the desperately needed repair work.
The work which included recladding walls, replacing electrics, re-plastering and laying down new flooring was undertaken during the first two weeks of July and now the volunteers, led by ex serviceman Former RAF Warrant Officer Chris Wren will be able to use the rooms again for displaying information and holding historical talks and themed events.
The room will also be open in time for St. Modwen’s Time Capsule event in September when local schools and community groups are donating an item of significance to be buried in a capsule in Jubilee Wood for 25 years until another milestone anniversary for the Battle of Britain Bunker of 100 years can be marked.
Development Manager for St. Modwen, James Stockdale said: “We have never forgotten that while we are building a new community for the future here in Uxbridge, we are building on the foundations of a terrific heritage.
“We are delivering new homes and new offices, yet respecting buildings like the bunker and Hillingdon House that have played such a significant part in the history of Uxbridge and indeed the country as a whole.”
Former Warrant Officer Wren, who leads the team of volunteers said: “We are immensely grateful to VINCI St. Modwen for enabling this work to happen. With the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain upon us we have been busier than ever with tours booked throughout the summer. We are almost entirely dependant on contributions and being able to use this facility again is a fantastic bonus.”
It was on emerging from the operations room in 1940 that the then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill uttered the famous words: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few".
Pupils who attend schools close to the St. Andrew's Park development in Uxbridge have been commemorating the Battle of Britain in a creative and unusual fashion while learning about the site's important history.
The children, aged between four and eight years old have created drawings depicting RAF planes used to win the Battle of Britain, and the medals subsequently awarded to members of the RAF for their bravery.
These pictures form a giant poster to be displayed at the famous St. Andrew's Gate on the site of the VINCI St. Modwen development, which is home to the Grade 1 Listed Battle of Britain Bunker containing the secret operations room. The site also features Hillingdon House, the Bomber Command headquarters and then military hospital.
The former RAF base now renamed St. Andrews Park, will provide around 1,300 homes alongside a new public park and an extension to the town centre which features offices, retail space and a hotel.
The posters displaying the artwork will be seen by thousands of motorists and public transport users everyday as they pass along Hillingdon Road and past the 110 acre development which began in 2013 and is expected to take seven years to complete.
Tim Seddon, St. Modwen's Regional Director for London and the South East, said: "This is a hugely important project on many levels and it has been rewarding to get local children on board. We are delivering a huge number of homes in a new community and very much want to build on the site's heritage, respecting the old, while welcoming the new."
One of the first parts of the development to be built was the John Locke Academy, which opened in September 2014. It was pupils from this school, aged four and five, who designed the medals on the hoardings, while the planes were drawn by seven to eight year olds from nearby Ryefield Primary School.
Assistant Principal of John Locke Academy, Helen Squires said: "The children were fascinated learning all about the history of the Battle of Britain, which was a lot to take in considering they are only 4-5 years old. They collaborated exceptionally well on the medals and took great care in making them look 'extra special' because they felt this would be a good way to say thank you to the men who were really brave and fought for their country. We are really proud of them and feel privileged that we can be a part of this piece of local history".
The school is just a few hundred metres from the bunker where, in 1940, Winston Churchill famously declared: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" upon exiting the bunker.
Today it is run by RAF volunteers who have kept the operations room just as it was 75 years ago. The volunteers also had information displays up in the briefing room until this was severely damaged by floods last summer.
However as part of its investment in the site's heritage St. Modwen has agreed to step in and fund the refurbishment of this part of the bunker in order that it can be returned to good use by the RAF.
And the production of such stunning artwork is not the end of the children's involvement in commemorating the war heroes. Next term St. Modwen is organising the burial of a time capsule near to the bunker. Local schools and communities are being invited to contribute towards the capsule which will then be buried for 25 years before being dug up for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
A detailed planning application has been submitted by St. Modwen to build 118,920 sq ft of office space that will create some 1,000 new jobs at the former RAF site in Uxbridge.
A further 100 people are expected to be working on site during construction of the offices.
The proposals are part of the redevelopment of St. Andrew’s Park that include 1,300 new homes, a primary school which opened in September 2014, as well as a new 40 acre public park, together with retail and leisure space.
The office development is the first phase of the town centre extension element of the masterplan that also includes a hotel, museum, new restaurants and retail, all of which will bring in further jobs boosting the economy of the area.
St. Andrew’s Park, which also houses the Grade 1 Listed Battle of Britain Bunker, sits within Boris Johnson’s new constituency. He visited the site in the run up to the election in recognition of the site’s important role as part of the Mayor of London’s wider strategic aim of creating more homes, jobs and quality primary school places for Londoners.
James Stockdale, Development Manager at St. Modwen said: “Once we get the go-ahead for this commercial phase of the wider project we will be able to start to deliver the new jobs for the area, both in the long-term and also during the construction phase.
“We are making strong progress on the residential front with many homes already built, and occupied, with more now under construction. The excellent new John Locke Academy primary school is up and running, and we are very much looking forward to attracting new office occupiers and creating new jobs for the people of Uxbridge in the next stage of the development.”
St Andrews Park, RAF Uxbridge is part of the Ministry of Defence’s ‘Project MoDEL’. VINCI St. Modwen (VSM), a partnership between St. Modwen and its partner VINCI PLC, was appointed by the MoD in 2006 for Project MoDEL, which saw existing London-based MoD units from six former RAF sites relocated to an integrated site at RAF Northolt. The six sites were then freed up for development for residential, commercial and community uses. VSM was charged with securing planning consent for developing the six disposal sites and delivering new facilities at RAF Northolt. Subsequently, VSM sold four of these sites and retained two for development: RAF Uxbridge (St. Andrew’s Park) and Inglis Barracks (Millbrook Park).
Plans to create a £150 million community at Uxbridge’s former military base are moving swiftly ahead with the first of the new homes now complete.
Regeneration specialist St. Modwen is behind the transformation of RAF Uxbridge, now called St. Andrew’s Park, where Persimmon and Charles Church are developing an initial phase of 500 homes. Charles Church has completed 14 of its 56 luxury properties at the north east of the site and the first of Persimmon’s 451 new homes was completed in April.
James Stockdale, Development Manager for St. Modwen, said: “The completion of the first new homes is an exciting milestone in the regeneration of RAF Uxbridge.
“With education and leisure facilities and a large public park to be developed alongside housing, a whole new community is ultimately being created and we’re now one step closer to bringing that vision to life.”
A new primary school is also under construction at St. Andrew’s Park and will welcome its first students in September. The school will be called The John Locke Academy and sponsored by the Elliot Foundation, a charitable trust specialising in primary academies.
Access to The John Locke Academy will be via a new road which is due to be completed in June. This will be followed by the opening of a new entrance to St. Andrew’s Park from the main road, located to the north west of the site, which will open in September.
The overall regeneration of RAF Uxbridge is expected to take ten years and ultimately comprise up to 1,340 new homes and over 155,000 sq ft of office and retail space. Plans also include a hotel, theatre, 40-acre public park and other community facilities which are all set to open in the coming years.
The John Locke Academy’s Principal has taken his first look around the shell of the new primary school which is being developed at St Andrew’s Park in Uxbridge.
Darrell Butler, who was previously deputy head of Hillingdon Primary School, will welcome the school’s first reception and nursery classes this September. It will eventually have 720 places for pupils from reception to Year 6 as well as 90 nursery places.
The John Locke Academy is being developed by Hillingdon Borough Council and is sponsored by the Elliot Foundation, a multi-academy charitable trust specialising in the primary sector. It is located at the heart of St. Andrew’s Park and split over two levels with panoramic views of extensive playing fields and a large public park.
The UK’s leading regeneration specialist, St. Modwen is creating a £150 million community at St Andrew’s Park, formerly RAF Uxbridge. The development will include up to 1,340 new homes, a 40-acre public park, theatre, offices and retail space.
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A community group providing affordable sports sessions for children has received a £1,500 funding boost from the developers of the former RAF Uxbridge site.
The volunteer-led Activity 4 Kids group holds weekly term time sessions at Brunel University giving eight to 14 year olds the chance to try their hand at everything from table tennis and martial arts to street dance for just £1 per session. Regeneration specialist St. Modwen, which is currently transforming the site of Uxbridge’s former military base into a new £100m community, has provided the group with the extra core funding they require to expand in 2014.
John Thirkettle, Activity 4 Kids Project Manager, said: “We were pleased to see a significant increase in the numbers of children attending our sessions last year but concerned about how we would make our funding stretch to maintain the right balance of activities, supervisors, instructors and venues.
“St. Modwen’s donation has come at just the right time and we can now plan accordingly.”
St. Modwen and its partner VINCI were appointed by the Ministry of Defence in 2006 to lead on the regeneration of six former RAF bases across London. The first phase of the 110-acre RAF Uxbridge site began last year and will create 500 homes and a primary school.
Now called St. Andrew’s Park, the development will ultimately comprise 1,340 new homes and over 200,000 sq ft of office and retail space. Plans also include a 90-bedroom hotel, 1,500-seat theatre, doctors’ surgery, care home and 40-acre public park.
James Stockdale, Development Surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “RAF Uxbridge is steeped in history and always played a huge role in the town’s community spirit. We want to maintain that legacy with St. Andrew’s Park by creating much more than just a housing development.
“Supporting the fantastic work of local community groups like Activity 4 Kids is a big part of our plans and we’re looking forward to working with them over the year ahead.”
The start of St Andrew’s Park, a multimillion-pound regeneration project to revitalise the former RAF Uxbridge site, has been welcomed by Hillingdon Council leaders at a ceremonial ground-breaking.
Leader of Hillingdon Council Cllr Ray Puddifoot and Cllr Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning and Transportation, joined developers from St Modwen, in the presence of the Worshipful Mayor of Hillingdon, outside the Grade II listed old cinema building to herald the first phase of the project.
St Andrews Park, which is being built on the 110-acre former RAF Uxbridge base on Hillingdon Hill, is a joint venture between VINCI plc and St Modwen Properties plc, managed by VSM Estates, and will take an estimated seven years to complete.
It was designed after a wide-ranging consultation was held to ensure residents, local businesses and community leaders had their say.
The proposed development fully respects the heritage and lovely landscape and ecology of the site, providing 1,340 new homes, 45 acres of public space, leisure facilities including a new theatre, and 20,000 square metres of commercial space for shops and businesses.
St Andrew’s Park will encourage economic growth by expanding Uxbridge town centre and is also set to bring more affordable homes to the borough, which will be integrated into residential areas. A new primary school, GP surgery and supported housing for elderly residents will also be built.
Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: “St Andrew’s Park is a new beginning for the historic former RAF Uxbridge base, a visionary regeneration project that will give residents, businesses and community groups more opportunities to build their future in the London Borough of Hillingdon.”
Cllr Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: “This regeneration project represents a fantastic investment in our borough and will transform the 110-acre site into an attractive, modern development. Local people have shaped plans for St Andrew’s Park, ensuring it will truly meet their needs.”
A St Modwen spokesperson added: “We are delighted to begin the initial works on site at St Andrews Park and we look forward to progressing this important regeneration project over the coming years. We are excited about transforming the old RAF base into a new sustainable community right next to the town centre and thank the Council and the public for their continued support.”
Construction for the new Charles Church residential development, close to the Vine Lane entrance of St Andrew’s Park, is due to commence on 7th January 2013.
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The planning application for the primary school which is set to become an integral part of the new St Andrew’s Park development has recently been submitted. Assuming all goes well, the school is due to open in September 2014.
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