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Old Oak Common design aspirations to be revealed

Old Oak

The need for world class design on Old Oak Common’s centrepiece rail hub in west London is to be outlined by the head of its development corporation at an exclusive NCE100 event next month.

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (ODPC) chief executive Victoria Hills will update on progress a year after she said she believed the west London regeneration area needed a “world class architect” like Santiago Calatrava to design its transport hub.

Hills will set out her design ambitions for the west London site which is set to be transformed by 25,500 new homes, a high street and a transport interchange for Crossrail and High Speed 2.

Huge engineering challenges must be overcome to realise this ambition. Last year Hills told a meeting at the ICE that a massive 7ha over site development ‘deck’ must be built over the new Crossrail depot in Old Oak Common to allow for future development of the site.

The depot sits in the centre of the planned Old Oak Common development and there are real fears that, if it is not moved or dealt with, the chance to capitalise on the potential of mammonth 650ha site will be lost.

Hills will set out progress and the challenges to be overcome at New Civil Engineer’s latest NCE100 Breakfast Club event, taking place at the ICE on 3 March.

The NCE100 Club is a select gathering of senior representatives from each of New Civil Engineer’s NCE100 Companies of the Year.

Each club event focuses on one of our five core pillars and features a keynote speech followed by short best-practice sharing presentations from two outstanding NCE100 companies.

The latest event tackles the technical excellence pillar and will focus on the importance of world class design in infrastructure projects.

The clubs provide an intimate setting for networking and encouraging companies to share best practice for the benefit of the entire industry. They reflect an eclectic blend of companies at the forefront of their profession, pushing boundaries and leading the field.

Each firm is able to send two senior representatives to each club event. So if your firm is part of the NCE100 and you are unsure who is set to attend this club, contact megan.pringle@emap.com to enquire about availability.

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