Unlocking Growth through Transport Lecture looks at how Old Oak Common and Park Royal will be delivered

Representatives from the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, HS2, TfL and Weston Williamson and Partners discussed how transport would unlock the Opportunity Area.

From Left to Right: Chair Mark Hansford, NCE; Rob Naybour, Weston Williamson and Partners; Terry Dobbins, Robert Bird Group; Stuart Westgate, HS2; Victoria Hills, OPDC; Alex Williams, TfL.
From Left to Right: Chair Mark Hansford, NCE; Rob Naybour, Weston Williamson and Partners; Terry Dobbins, Robert Bird Group; Stuart Westgate, HS2; Victoria Hills, OPDC; Alex Williams, TfL.

To a full lecture theatre, representatives from the major transport providers at Old Oak Common and Park Royal met to discuss how new rail links would help to unlock the area for new housing and regenerate the site.

The event explored how transport investment would unlock the potential of the Opportunity Area
The event explored how transport investment would unlock the potential of the Opportunity Area

Old Oak Common and Park Royal is the biggest Opportunity Area in London with the potential to deliver 65,000 new jobs and 25,500 new homes. Under proposed plans, the site will be become a transport "superhub" connected to the Midlands, Leeds and Manchester through a High Speed Two link, to the East and West through Crossrail and internationally, through the Great Western Mainline link to Heathrow. It will also have access to London through nearby Underground and Overground stations.

At the event, Victoria Hills, Chief Executive Officer of the OPDC gave an overview of what the development corporation was doing to achieve the sites' potential. Victoria discussed how the new transport links would transform the 2.8 acre site and gave a summary of the work involved, set to start in late 2017 for completion by the end of 2030.

Victoria was then joined by Alex Williams, Director of Borough Planning at Transport for London, Stuart Westgate, Programme Development Director at HS2 and Rob Naybour, Partner at Weston Williamson and Partners. The Panel discussed how Crossrail and HS2 would be delivered and the recent news that the Government would transfer 97 hectares of land to the OPDC.

After the event, audience members attended a Drinks Reception in the Library
After the event, audience members attended a Drinks Reception in the Library

The Panel also responded to questions on how disruption during the construction process can be minimised and how the OPDC can acquire the necessary funding.

After the Panel discussion, the attendees were treated to a Drinks Reception in the Library of One Great George Street.

The event was chaired by Mark Hansford, New Civil Engineer Editor and was kindly sponsored by Robert Bird Group.

More information on Old Oak Common and Park Royal:

Watch a summary video on the Opportunity Area

More information on Robert Bird Group:

Robert Bird Group, a global consultancy specialising in Structural, Civil and Construction engineering, were established in Brisbane in 1982.

The company has offices in London, the United Arab Emirates, South East Asia and additional locations in Australia. RBG's approach to engineering is holistic at heart, integrating construction methodology into permanent works design to produce a 'Design for Delivery'.

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