Urban Initiatives Studio's masterplan for Grays Town Centre received a major boost towards its implementation, as Thurrock Council secures over £10 million from the Local Growth Fund to deliver a new crossing of the rail line, public squares, retail, leisure facilities, residential and offices. http://www.yourthurrock.com/2017/02/03/thurrock-council-bosses-delighted-grays-town-centre-10-million-investment/
Five days ago the Mayor of London has announced 11 new Housing Zones, including a Housing Zone in Feltham town centre. Subsequently to preparing the Feltham Masterplan, which was published by the LB Hounslow in October 2015, we helped the Council in preparing the successful Housing Zone Bid for Feltham. The new Housing Zone Funding will support the delivery new homes and infrastructures and help to realise the ambitious vision for the town centre. Feltham is the second housing zone that Urban Initiatives Studio was instrumental in delivering, following on from our work in Rainham and Beam Park in LB Havering that achieved Housing Zone Status in June 2015.
At yesterdays Landscape Institute's Awards Ceremony our project 'Middlehaven Development Framework - A new Park as the catalyst for regeneration' was 'highly commended' in the category Urban Design and Masterplanning. The judges said 'A radical attempt to deliver residential development on a site that was failed by traditional development models.'
The Middlehaven Park, which we designed as part of the project is planned to be opened before the end of the year.
The Feltham Vision and Concept Masterplan prepared by UIS was successfully launched by London Borough of Hounslow last week. Mathieu Procter from Hounslow Council presented the Feltham masterplan to a packed venue on Thursday 08th October. More than 80 residents attended the event at the library in Feltham to learn how the centre will be improved.
The Feltham Vision and Concept Masterplan is a strategic document that sets a direction of travel for Feltham Town Centre indicating how it might evolve in the future and bringing coherence and structure to future development. It aligns with the ambitious Hounslow Local Plan, which was adopted in September 2015, and will form a key part of the evidence-base for the West of the Borough Plan. The council held two successful stakeholder engagement events in 2014/15, as well as a public exhibition at Feltham Library and online during February-March 2015. The plan is now available from the council's web-site for download.
Two projects by Urban Initiatives Studio head the presentation of the London Borough of Hounslow at MIPIM this year. The Feltham Town Centre Masterplan promotes an enhanced town centre and development opportunities in this important hub next to Heathrow. The Golden Mile Project set outs an ambitious vision and framework for this employment corridor, that will retain and enhance its commercial identity and reinforce its role as a gateway to London.
See the movie and read more at http://investhounslow.com/mipim-2015/
“Ambitious plans to turn a congested stretch of the A4 Great West Road studded with faded Art Deco landmarks into a thriving new gateway to London are unveiled today.
Urban Initiatives Studio for Hounslow Council has drawn up the proposals for the so-called Golden Mile section of the route from Chiswick to Syon Lane in Brentford.
The stretch was built in 1925, when Brentford High Street became too clogged up, and quickly attracted companies such as Firestone Tyres, Gillette and Macleans, which built major factories in the Twenties and Thirties.
Hounslow council leader Steve Curran said: “We want to bring back the glory days to the Golden Mile, which is already home to some major companies.”
UI Studio has been commissioned to develop a vision and concept masterplan for a new satellite town to the Peruvian capital Lima. The 800ha project site is located thirty kilometres to the south of the capital in the foothills of the Andes and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It benefits from direct access to the capital via the Transamerican highway. Currently growth around Lima is characterised by uncoordinated and fragmented urbanisation, which also threatens agricultural and open lands in the Pachacamac valley. In this context the site provides an opportunity to comprehensively plan for future growth in a sustainable way.
UI Studio has been commissioned by Thurrock Council to develop a vision for the regeneration of the centre of South Ockendon. Developed as a post war overspill estate, the centre and its facilities lack efficiency and are less fit for purpose now. Competition from nearby Lakeside Shopping Centre has led to substantial vacancies in the shopping parade, which further undermines the attractiveness of the centre. The Council is the main landowner and the study will explore the potential to regenerate and revitalise the centre, to rationalise community facilities and to realise council assets. Central to the Council’s aspiration is a new community hub acting as a one-stop shop that will accommodate voluntary, council, health, youth and other community facilities under a single roof in a purpose designed building. The study offers an opportunity to redefine the centre of South Ockendon and provide a new heart for the community.
Over the course of the week at MIPIM the London Borough of Hounslow will be presenting the Golden Mile Vision and Concept Masterpan prepared by Urban Initiatives Studio.
The key principles of this masterplan will be embedded in the Council’s Local Plan - the statutory planning document that will provide the vision and overarching direction to guide the future development of the corridor.
The Golden Mile corridor contributes significantly to the overall composition of Hounslow’s and West London’s economic output. Today the corridor continues to be a prized destination for global, European and UK Head Quarters where 200 companies employ around 25,000 people.
Not since its conception in 1925 has a coherent, overarching vision for the Golden Mile corridor been considered. The ethos and spirit of innovation, manufacturing and knowledge was instrumental in shaping the employment corridor we have today and continues to attract multi-national companies to the borough, but over time many new challenges have emerged. In particular the corridor is operating in a more competitive market and faces new economic, social and environmental pressures.
The vision proposes four areas of transformational change including:
These exciting, transformational projects will help to future proof the area as one of West London’s most successful economic corridors!