St Andrew's Park, a multimillion-pound regeneration project to revitalise the former RAF Uxbridge site, has kicked off with an official ground-breaking ceremony.
Leader of Hillingdon Council Cllr Ray Puddifoot and fellow cabinet members joined developers from St Modwen outside the Grade II listed old cinema building to herald the first phase of the project.
St Andrews Park, which is being built on the 110-acre former RAF Uxbridge base on Hillingdon Hill, is a joint venture between VINCI plc and St Modwen Properties plc, managed by VSM Estates, and will take an estimated seven years to complete.
The proposed development will provide 1,340 new homes, 45 acres of public space, leisure facilities including a new theatre, a museum, and 20,000 square metres of commercial space for shops and businesses.
St Andrew's Park will encourage economic growth by expanding Uxbridge town centre and is also set to bring more homes to the borough. A new primary school, GP surgery and supported housing for elderly residents will also be built.
Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: "St Andrew's Park is a new beginning for the historic former RAF Uxbridge base, a visionary regeneration project that will give residents, businesses and community groups more opportunities to build their future in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
"This regeneration project represents a fantastic investment in our borough and will transform the 110-acre site into an attractive, modern development. Local people have shaped plans for St Andrew's Park, ensuring it will truly meet their needs."
Adam Norton, St Modwen's Land Director, said: "We are delighted to begin the initial works on site at St Andrews Park and we look forward to progressing this important regeneration project over the coming years. We are excited about transforming the old RAF base into a new sustainable community right next to the town centre and thank the council and the public for their continued support."
The first residential properties at St Andrew's Park, approximately 450 homes, will be constructed and marketed by the Persimmon Group which includes Persimmon Homes and Charles Church.
Managing director of Persimmon Homes Thames Valley, Ian Menham, commented: "We are delighted to be providing high quality homes on a site of such significant heritage. By working closely with St Modwen, it is our aim that the development will bring new life to this historic site and careful consideration and attention is being given to ensuring that the properties blend harmoniously with the local surrounding architecture."