Work on a new mixed-use development in Hendon from developer St George and leading UK retailer Sainsbury’s will commence early next month.
The Silk Park scheme will involve a flagship new Sainsbury’s store, 1,309 homes and local amenities set within a public park.
The development is set to deliver much-needed private and affordable housing and jobs in the London Borough of Barnet. Alongside the new 43,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store will be 10,000 sq ft of flexible commercial space providing opportunities for cafés, restaurants, office space or a gym.
Right at the heart of Silk Park is a 1.5-acre public park for the local community, providing space for people to ‘relax and socialise with water features and fountains’, as well as garden squares, play space and seating.
Creating a ‘new green corridor for Hendon’, the historic Silk Stream will be opened up to deliver a biodiversity net gain for existing and future residents to enjoy.
In addition, the plans include improved pedestrian access on Edgware Road with wider footways and tree planting to create a ‘high-quality new destination’ for the Hendon community.
Piers Clanford, divisional managing director of St George Plc and Chairman of Berkeley St Joseph, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Sainsbury’s to deliver this important development for Hendon.”
“Silk Park reflects our commitment of investing in communities and creating sustainable neighbourhoods through improved biodiversity and more accessible green spaces, state-of-the-art amenities and much-needed new homes and jobs for local people.”
Patrick Dunne, Sainsbury’s property director, added: “Sainsbury’s has a proud history of serving the Hendon community and we’re very excited to embark on this major investment to ensure we’re well-placed to deliver for generations to come.”
“Our partnership with St George will deliver a flagship supermarket, housing, a new park and green space for residents and visitors to enjoy. We will continue to keep the community updated as we embark on this exciting development.”
Silk Park has a 10-year build programme, with enabling works for the development staring in October, involving the creation of new access routes into the store carpark and a new store entrance.
The 1,309 new homes at Silk Park, of which 35% (by habitable room) will be affordable, are made up of a selection of tenure-blind one, two and three-bedroom apartments and will be delivered in two phases. Each phase will be designed by a different architect.
Hutchinson & Partners, a London and Berlin-based architecture practice, designed phase one of Silk Park which comprises the new Sainsbury’s and residential ‘city’ blocks located on a podium level above the new store.
Residents of phase one will have private balconies and access to a communal podium garden for all tenures which offers green archways, raised planters with integrated seating and dining areas, play space and mature trees.
Makower Architects, an international urban design and architecture practice, designed phase two of Silk Park – made up of three residential buildings including the tallest building at Silk Park, a signature 28-storey tower ‘which will become a new landmark for Barnet’.
St George, as part of its investment in the local economy, says it will provide jobs for local people and deliver apprenticeship schemes including formal college education, technical trade skills, dedicated mentoring and outdoor learning programmes.
Sainsbury’s is one of the biggest employers in the London Borough of Barnet (with over 1,000 workers) and has been serving the Hendon community for more than 25 years. The retail giant has been redeveloping sites of existing stores into mixed-use schemes to create new homes, provide greater choice for customers and regenerate local communities since 2009.