Cllr Shafique Choudhary

Cllr Shafique Choudhary
Cllr Shafique Choudhary

Friday, 21 October 2011

Park Royal City - a Vision


The run-down area will see 12,000 new homes and 40,000 jobs in Hammersmith and Fulham if the Department for Transport (DfT) approve its high-speed rail (HS2) plans in December [now January 2012].

It would result in a new transport hub and major interchange station linking Great Western and West Coast mainlines, Crossrail, Bakerloo and Central underground lines and Heathrow Express as the HS2 travels from London to Birmingham in just 49 minutes.

A major regeneration of the area, dubbed  Park Royal City, designed by world-renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell would revolutionise one of London’s poorest areas. And the council has developed a computer-generated video clip with interactive artist’s impression of the ambitious project.

Filmed to the soundtrack of 80s classic We Built This City by Starship, the video is called We Built This City on Rails and Road and is four minutes long.

A narrator describes Old Oak as a ‘forgotten area of London and area of urban deprivation’ and in the bottom fifth of the most deprived areas of the UK.

“HS2 is the fastest way to deliver much need new homes, jobs and opportunities in one of London’s poorest areas and the case for an interchange station at Old Oak is overwhelming.”

Sir Terry, who is also designing the controversial Earls Court development, will talk about the plans at The Place West London event at Olympia on October 1. He said:
“The regeneration potential of the transport super hub at Park Royal City is a tremendous opportunity for London and the UK as a whole.

This project is of huge significance to the economy of London and will deliver a new metropolitan quarter of the city, with new homes and employment opportunities in an area currently occupied by brown field land.”
Community members and business leaders in Old Oak have welcomed the plans. But the government’s HS2 plans have come under fire from other parts of London and the Home Counties for the impact it will have on their own environments.
courtesy of London Reconnections

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