Park Royal has a unique opportunity on the horizon with the advent of the HS2/Crossrail interchange at Old Oak. Not only that but the arrival of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), puts Europe’s largest industrial park at the centre of the UK’s biggest regeneration project.
This brings with it the chance to transform the physical and business environment tangibly, whilst generating thousands more jobs in the process. The intended intensification on Park Royal aspires to add 10,000 new jobs to the tens of thousands already there.
OPDC exists both to grow and to protect the business environment. It aims to strengthen Park Royal, and is drafting visions, plans and policies that aim to do just that for the area.
We’d like to invite you to an event that gives you the opportunity to take part in the formation of those plans in a significant and meaningful way.
The event is free to attend for qualifying companies.
Issues Exchange and more
At the event, we’ll host an ‘issues exchange’, which is an actively moderated space where delegates can post any issues and thoughts, and then other delegates can react by adding notes, discussions, comments and other contributions. Over the course of the afternoon the wall will build in to a live ‘heat map’ of the important issues and generate a depth and breadth of understanding around the issues raised.
Questions we’ll be asking on the day include: What should OPDC’s priorities be for Park Royal? Have OPDC identified the key interventions? How can we build a strong business community?
There will also be a chance to view a gallery of plans and ideas, and the Old Oak and Park Royal model, and a small exhibition featuring stands from local colleges and councils
Place West London – Future Park Royal – November 1, 2016 – Abbey Manor Conference Centre
1.30pm Registration, refreshments, and networking – Issues exchange: What should OPDC’s priorities be for Park Royal?
2pm Welcome from the chair
2.05pm Vision: Old Oak & Park Royal – Stephanie Joslin (OPDC Director of Regeneration & Partnerships)
An overview of the whole of the OPDC planning area and vision, with insight in to the changes Park Royal can expect to see in roads, buildings, utilities, and more.
2.30pm Planning Park Royal – Lauren Laviniere Senior Planning Officer for Park Royal, OPDC
We have the opportunity to make the new Park Royal an example of what can be achieved in flexible, programmed regeneration, such that it delivers a place fit for work, life, and leisure for many decades to come.
Where are we are at with the Local Plan? What is the evidence base that has been collected so far? What about heritage and connectivity?
How can we design Future Park Royal so that it is an example of how to deliver urban regeneration now and in the future?
2.55pm Regenerating Park Royal – Lori Hoinkes (OPDC)
We will take a spin through the current plans for the four key areas.
- Infrastructure – Peter O’Dowd (OPDC Head of Infrastructure)
- Transport – Clare Woodcock (OPDC Senior Transport Planner)
- Skills – Rachel Thevanesan (OPDC Park Royal Project Support Officer)
- Building a strong estate team – Karen Sudhar (OPDC Senior Project Officer Regeneration)
3.30pm Coffee break – Issues Exchange: Have OPDC identified the key interventions?
4.00pm Community: Stronger Together? – Andrew Dakers, Park Royal Business Group; Chris Maw, PwC
We will hear from Park Royal businesses about how together we can build a stronger community on the Estate.
4.30pm Learning from elsewhere
- Garry Phillips, EHWLC – how businesses can leverage programmes from FE Colleges to meet their current and future skills needs.
- Blackhorse Lane industrial area, plus examples of workspace creation – Pooja Agrawal from the GLA Regeneration team
5pm Closing remarks – Victoria Hills, CEO, OPDC
5.15pm Issues Exchange: How can we build a strong business community?