Feb 12 2013

Harrow Town Centre’s £2million Revamp Begins

harrow_council_logoA £2million town centre revamp that will change the look and feel of St Ann’s Road will begin on March 4.

The town centre will come alive with a ‘café culture’, events, and better trading opportunities when the work is completed by November. In preparation for the planned improvements, 14 trees will be removed from St Ann’s Road on Tuesday (Feb 12). These trees will be replaced with 20 trees throughout the course of the project. The work will involve the removal of clutter and outdated street furniture in St Ann’s Road, including empty planters, the unused police kiosk, and a reduction in the number of BT phone booths to create a cleaner and more welcoming open space. The streamlined layout of the road will be redesigned with high quality paving and seating areas that will encourage shoppers to stay and chat.

Hundreds of shoppers, businesses, and residents backed our plans to redesign the shopping centre at a series of public consultations held last year. The project has been developed by Harrow Council and Design for London in partnership with award-winning architects, David Kohn.

To complement the changes Havelock Place will be redesigned with access improvements for motorists and pedestrians. Havelock Place and the surrounding area provide an important pedestrian connection and service delivery route between the main shopping centre and surrounding residential streets.

Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, Cllr Keith Ferry, said: “Supporting the town centre and local businesses is a top priority for the Council – the town Centre is the economic driving force behind the borough. If our local economy is to prosper it is essential that we have a modern town centre which attracts businesses and shoppers. The Town Centre has become outdated and tired-looking and these plans will ensure we create a vibrant town centre that we can all be proud of. We want to support our town centre and secure its future and this ambitious project is part of a package of measures that will transform Harrow into a modern 21st Century town centre.”

A budget of £1.9m has been made available to fund the St Ann’s project from the Council’s Capital Programme from 2012 to 2014. This will be supplemented by a further £182,000 for Havelock Place from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund (OLF). The St Ann’s regeneration project is one of several interrelated projects to improve the network of public spaces in and around Harrow Town Centre as part of the ‘Heart of Harrow’ project. The regeneration of Lowlands Recreation Ground, by Harrow-on-the-Hill Station, is part of the Heart of Harrow blueprint and will see the ground transformed into a state-of-the-art landscaped town centre park which will host cultural and artistic events in a live performance space.

Source: Harrow Council

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1 comment

  1. G

    Be nice to get a link to the plans or a pdf download?

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