Together with SEGRO, the leading owner and developer of industrial and warehouse space, we have marked the completion of the highest point of the main structure of a ground-breaking, multi-storey industrial development with a ‘topping out’ ceremony at Grand Union.
This pioneering 134,500 sq ft. six storey development, called SEGRO V-Park Grand Union, will provide modern, light industrial space and forms part of the wider regeneration of the Grand Union site.
Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills; Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council; Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Growth at Brent Council, the contractors on the project including Glencar; as well as a range of local dignitaries joined the ceremony to celebrate the milestone.
Expected to complete in early 2024, SEGRO V-Park Grand Union is an innovative new concept for delivering light industrial warehousing space in areas where land is constrained and is designed to maximise employment space. The concept fully supports the aspirations in the new London Plan to intensify industrial land, delivering up to 250 jobs and apprenticeships once the scheme is fully let.
The industrial space is equipped with cargo lifts and arranged over four upper levels offering a range of sizes, supported by shared meeting rooms, breakout areas and wellness spaces, including a green roof terrace. The development is targeting BREEAM Excellent and incorporates electric charging points, photovoltaic cells and an internal green wall, which aligns with the 'Responsible SEGRO’ commitment to championing low-carbon growth to meet its goal of being a net carbon business by 2030, and Berkeley Group’s Our Vision 2030 sustainable business strategy, which sees St George transform the most challenging sites into exceptional places and maximise its positive impact on society, the economy and the natural world.
Piers Clanford, Chairman of St George Plc and Berkeley St Joseph, said:
“Working in partnership with the London Borough of Brent and the GLA, and in close consultation with the local community, Grand Union is an excellent example of our approach to transforming a brownfield site into a pioneering canalside neighbourhood with new homes, jobs and over 50% open space. To date, we have delivered 400 homes; 115 of which are affordable, the Grand Union Community Hub and opened up this previously inaccessible part of the canal. We have also employed 128 Brent residents including 17 apprentices from the local area, creating a place for everyone to live, work, collaborate and innovate.
“SEGRO V-Park Grand Union is an exciting and key part of this development that will bring further opportunity for job creation and new skills to the local area. The topping out marks an important milestone in our partnership with SEGRO and we look forward to welcoming occupiers next year once it completes.”
David Sleath, CEO, at SEGRO, said:
“The topping out at SEGRO V-Park Grand Union is a significant milestone for this project. This is an innovative multi-storey development, which will deliver much needed light industrial space in this area of London and forms part of an exciting housing-led scheme.
“V-Park Grand Union and the wider regeneration of the site demonstrates how delivering jobs and homes can come forward together.”
Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills at the Greater London Authority, said:
“With a clear need for high quality, sustainable homes and suitable industrial workspace in London, this development serves both needs and showcases how innovative multi-storey industrial premises can fit well into London’s urban landscape.
“It’s great to see SEGRO and St George, working in partnership and contributing to London’s growth by delivering affordable homes, jobs, and apprenticeships.”
Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Growth at Brent Council, said:
“Today marks a significant and exciting milestone at SEGRO V-Park Grand Union. The Grand Union development is transforming an under-utilised industrial area into a thriving neighbourhood bursting with opportunity.
“Last year, we saw the delivery of 400 new homes and an impressive new community centre, along with almost 150 new jobs created for the local community.
“Alperton has a rich industrial history, and we are proud to be building one of the country’s first multi-storey industrial developments. The revolutionary design will provide much-needed, good quality industrial space and create up to 250 jobs for local people.”
The industrial space forms part of the wider 22-acre site, which we are transforming into a vibrant new mixed-use neighbourhood compromising 3,350 homes, 35% of which will be affordable.
Grand Union is set to become an all-encompassing canalside neighbourhood, which includes 14 acres of green space, restaurants, a supermarket, coffee shops, medical centre, canalside piazza, a nursery, Community Hub, co-working space, an Anytime Fitness gym and social activities including a bowling alley and screening room.
The new neighbourhood, where 400 homes have already been delivered, has also opened up previously inaccessible parts of the Grand Union Canal and River Brent to the local community, creating improved routes around Grand Union and to nearby Stonebridge Park Station. Across the development there will also be 590 electric vehicle charging points and 5,612 cycle storage spaces available.
For more information on Grand Union or the homes available to move into, click here.