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Jan 15 2013

Have your say on Town Centre Regeneration

harrow_town_centreHave your say on a £1.28m regeneration project that will bring the Town Centre alive with culture and art.

Award-winning architects, Adams & Sutherland will work in partnership with architects, Assemble, to transform Lowlands Recreation Ground by Harrow-on-the-Hill station into a state-of-the-art town centre park that residents, shoppers, and local businesses can all be proud of.

Commissioned by Harrow Council, the project will include breathtaking landscaping, a performance space, children’s play facilities, new pathways across the park and an extension into Station Approach which will improve access for everyone that uses Harrow-on-the-Hill station. Harrow Arts Centre will ensure the grand opening goes with a bang with a programme of live performance in August.

But before any work actually begins we want residents, local businesses and shoppers to think creatively and tell us how they would like the space to be used. Feedback from the consultation will be used to adjust the plan and deliver a design that matches the needs and aspirations of the local community.

After three months of research the architects and Council will share the latest plans at the first of a series of public drop-in sessions that will take place close to the front entrance of Harrow-on-the-Hill Station on Tuesday, January 22, from midday until 6pm. The project team will be on hand to discuss ideas, answer questions and listen to suggestions.

Further drop-in sessions will take place over the next few weeks as part of the consultation process arranged by the ‘Friends of the Lowlands’ which includes community groups, as well architects and Council representatives, with the next session to be held at Harrow College, Harrow-on-the-Hill campus, by Lowlands Recreation Ground on Thursday, February 7, from 6.30pm to 8pm. The final plans will be put in place by March.

Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, Cllr Keith Ferry, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to have their say in what is a truly unique regeneration project for the borough. The redefined park will provide a range of features that will provide a unique and magical place for culture and arts to flourish in Harrow. We are committed to developing the economic heart of Harrow and putting the borough on the map. Supporting our Town Centre, local shopping centres, and businesses is at the heart of everything that we do at the Council and I am really excited about seeing how this project develops.”

The Council secured funding for the project through the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund which will be used to transform Harrow Town Centre into a retail and cultural destination to match any London Borough. The Lowlands scheme 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 over the next 15 years.

Source: Harrow Council

 

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