Berkeley’s Southall Waterside development is being built on an old gasworks in a complex regeneration programme. There has already been required two years of infrastructure work and remediation to start cleaning 250,000 m3 of contaminated land.
The development will be delivered in phases over a 25-year period, with the first homes due for completion in 2019.
Berkeley chairman Tony Pidgley was joined on site for a ground-breaking on Wednesday this week by James Murray, deputy mayor for housing at the Greater London Authority (GLA), and Ealing Council leader Julian Bell.
Tony Pidgley said: “Southall Waterside is about much more than buildings or infrastructure. It’s about creating a real community where the residents feel proud and people look out for each other. This is a really extraordinary site – 36 times the size of Trafalgar Square – and we are going to turn it into one of the best new villages in London.”
Southall gasworks were decommissioned in 1972. The site has recently served as a car park for Heathrow Airport, hosting up to 7,500 vehicles a day. Berkeley bought the land in 2014 and has invested heavily in bringing it into production.
As well as the homes, Berkeley plans 500,000 sq ft of commercial and leisure space, a two-form entry primary school and a health centre.