London developer Fruition Properties has been given the green light for 2 Scrubs Lane, its most substantial project to date, which will deliver a 20-storey residential tower, 2,300ft² of commercial space, a new church, nursery and community facilities at Old Oak and Park Royal – the UK’s largest regeneration site. The development has been part funded by Propio, the innovative crowdfunding investment platform.
Designed by Stiff + Trevillion architects, the approved development is situated on the north-eastern entrance to the 650 hectare regeneration zone and will provide a total of 85 new homes comprising one, two and three bedroom apartments, 35 per cent of which will be affordable, with 12 apartments for London Living Rent and 16 for Shared Ownership.
Fruition Properties has been working closely with the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Pentecostal City Mission Church, who currently occupy the site, to introduce a high-quality mixed-use scheme that re-provides the existing nursery, church and community centre (with no legal obligation to do so), alongside carefully planned landscaping and public realm that will create a vibrant and welcoming quarter. Given the site’s position, it is anticipated that 2 Scrubs Lane will help to catalyse further development on this edge of the Opportunity Area.
The result marks a significant success for both Fruition Properties and the OPDC, in line with the vision for the area which will deliver more than 25,500 new homes and create 65,000 new jobs, with vastly increased connectivity thanks to Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) and HS2. It is the only area in London where the two transport lines will meet, providing the required infrastructure for this exciting new neighbourhood.
During construction, the Pentecostal City Mission Church will temporarily relocate to alternate premises, of which five local venues have been identified. Fruition Properties has a track record of working with local community institutions, having sourced and built a new home for the West London Buddhist Centre within one of its developments in Bayswater, as part of a unique land swap.
Mani Khiroya, managing director of Fruition Properties, comments:
“This is a hugely prestigious project for us, playing a key part in the wider regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal – which when finished will deliver a new, highly connected district for London from underutilised land. The result demonstrates our values and commitment to working closely with the community, the local and wider London authorities to achieve an outcome that is beneficial for all parties. When complete, not only will 2 Scrubs Lane provide much needed new private and affordable homes but also improved fit-for-purpose community facilities that will allow the local area to flourish.”
Construction is due to start early 2019, with completion estimated for 2021.