St George, London's leading mixed-use developer, celebrated the further milestone achievements at Imperial Wharf, London SW6.
Imperial Wharf is the transformation, by St George, of a redundant 32 acre brownfield site, into a successful new community. On the 30 September 2009 three further milestone achievements were celebrated, completion of Imperial Park, the commencement of Octavia House and the opening of the new Imperial Wharf railway station. These new facilities have been delivered for the benefit of the residents and the local community, were celebrated with key stakeholders.
Imperial Park is the first new riverside public park of its size to be completed in London for many years, featuring a tree-lined avenue, extensive grassed areas, formal planting, boating pond and children's play areas. Imperial Park contributes to over 10 acres of landscaped parklands, leading visitors to the river walkway and the Sensory Gardens. The Sensory Gardens are three individual gardens designed to stimulate the senses, Aroma; Sight and Touch.
The completion of the new Imperial Park was formally commemorated by The Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Councillor Alex Karmel, who commented: "I am delighted to officially celebrate the completion of Imperial Park. This is an excellent example of successful public private partnership between London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and the socially aware developer St George. I am sure this new parkland will continue to grow and become a thriving part of our community."
St George announced the commencement of Octavia House, the latest phase at Imperial Wharf which is set to bring a further 165 new quality studio, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses to the area.
Ross Faragher, Managing Director, St George Central London commented: "Working in partnership with the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Octavia House will offer 78 new homes at a minimum 30% discount below market value. The studio and 1 bedroom Manhattan apartments will provide much needed opportunities for aspiring home owners in the borough to purchase their own new homes which they would not otherwise be able to do.
"St George, in partnership with the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Network Rail, London Overground Rail Operations Ltd and Transport for London also celebrated the opening of the new Imperial Wharf station, delivered by St George for the benefit of residents and the local community, bringing further public transport infrastructure to this part of London.
Tony Carey, Managing Director of St George PLC, commented; St George is proud to have enabled the station to be built by taking both the responsibility for constructing the station and providing substantial funding towards it. The Imperial Wharf station demonstrates the ability of us all to work together to deliver this significant new station to service the local communities of Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea.
"The station provides a direct link from Imperial Wharf to Britain's busiest rail interchange, Clapham Junction to the south and Willesden Junction to the north. Change at West Brompton for the District Line, providing easy access to the entire London Underground. Travel by train via the Imperial Wharf station to the new Westfield Shopping Centre at Shepherds Bush in only 9 minutes, to Richmond or onto Stratford where the London 2012 Olympics are to be held.The station complements the existing integrated public transport infrastructure with enhanced bus services, access to river taxi service, pay as you go car club, cycle facilities and managed car park.
At the heart of Imperial Wharf is the Mediterranean style Boulevard offering a range of fine restaurants. The development incorporates the popular Young's Waterside bar and restaurant along with the Thai delights of the palatial Saran Rom, Indian flavours from Memories of India on the River and Wimbledon Wine Cellar to tempt the pallet.