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On 22 July 2015 a High Court Judge threw out the supermarket giant Sainsbury’s appeal against the London Borough of Hillingdon to block development work on the Old Dairy, Ruislip. The site had laid dormant for 9 long years since 2006 and this decision meant that Citygrove’s proposed retail and entertainment complex could finally proceed.
Whilst the Sainsbury’s legal challenge to the Citygrove Arla development garnered all the headlines over the past two years, many will be surprised to hear that two other adjacent developments were quietly proceeding under the radar.
In October 2015 Bellway Homes commenced construction work to build 132 homes comprising a mix of houses and flats. It is anticipated that they will go on sale in 2017. Just before they started work, in September 2015 Woodvalley Builders began construction of a B&M Homestore and Aldi Supermarket on the site of the former Focus DIY and Land of Leather stores on Victoria Road, Ruislip. These are set to open in April 2016.
High levels of collaborative working are expected between the CityGrove complex builders Simons Group, Bellway Homes and Wood Valley Builders as they work on these sites. Wednesday 2nd December 2015 saw the ‘Groundbreaking ceremony’ at the long awaited Arla construction site on the Old Dairy, South Ruislip, which marked the first official day of construction. Senior officials from building firms and media were present to witness the moment.
Preparatory work commenced on 19th October 2015 and over the next 12 months to December 2016 construction will continue on the external building, followed by internal work and fitting out from January to Spring 2017, when the brand new Citygrove complex is scheduled to open. The main work being undertaken now is preparing the site for piling. This will be followed by putting in the foundation and steel frame by the end of February 2016. At the peak of construction it is anticipated that there will be 150-175 operatives working across different disciplines on the Arla development.
The £25.8m project will comprise a state of the art 11 screen Cineworld cinema, ASDA Supermarket, 5 family themed restaurants, a piazza and a petrol filling station.
The Simons Group have promised to consider and involve the community in the works they are doing by limiting movement of heavy traffic to off peaks times. Furthermore, in order to address a skills shortage in the construction industry they will extend an invitation to local school children to come and visit the site. Speaking to Tiemo Talk of the Town at the ceremony, Kevin Lake, Project Director, said, “We want to do more work with schools and youngsters to make the construction industry seem a more attractive career option. We want them to have the opportunity of visiting construction companies and building sites to see how we work.”
These three major developments mark a period of long awaited regeneration for South Ruislip will not only provide fantastic new amenities and shopping options for the area, but will also prove a big draw for others from all over London and beyond to the area.
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