Wates selected as development partner for £600m regeneration scheme in UK
September 15, 2020 – UK-based housing developer Wates Residential has been named as the development partner by the London Borough of Harrow for the £600m regeneration programme.
Wates will serve as the council’s 50/50 partner of Harrow Strategic Development Partnership (HSDP), which will refurbish Wealdstone town centre, construct 1,500 new homes, a new civic centre, shops, offices, and a school, as well as public and green spaces.
Harrow Council leader Graham Henson said: “During these difficult times it is important to have something to look forward to – our ambitious plans will give families an affordable place to call home, create jobs for local people, build a new Council HQ, and re-energise Wealdstone town centre.
“Through our partnership with Wates we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of our residents and boost the local economy. Now is the right time to redevelop these three sites and build a better Harrow for our residents and businesses.”
The partnership will invest in employment and training initiatives including offering construction training for more 130 unemployed youth and deliver 220 apprenticeships.
The Harrow Strategic Development Partnership is planned to commence in February 2021 with the first homes planned to be built in 2022.
Wates Residential development director Kate Ives said: “Wates Residential is delighted to have been chosen as Harrow Council’s partner to help deliver its ambitious vision to Build a Better Harrow.
“We look forward to working with the council as we build more than 1,500 much-needed high-quality homes and a new civic centre at the heart of the local community.”