The project will see the largest new park created in West London for over 100 years

Rectory Farm site aerial view

Gleeds has been appointed as project and cost manager on Cheltenham-based investor Formal Investments’ Rectory Farm development in Hounslow.

Plans for the 110-acre site near Heathrow Airport include the removal of sub-surface minerals and the conversion of the subterranean space created from the extraction turned into 175,000m² of warehouse and storage space.

Above ground plans include a new park which will feature amenities such as a multi-use games area, cricket nets, football and hockey pitches, community gardens, a running track, tennis courts and an outdoor amphitheatre and concert pavilion. The scheme has been reccommended for planning permission.

Richard Steer, chairman of Gleeds, said: “The huge reserve of gravel concealed below ground at Rectory Farm is much needed for the construction of London’s schools, hospitals, roads and homes so I am delighted that recommendation for approval has now been granted.

“This is a truly pioneering project which is going to completely transform the area for both businesses and residents, who will benefit from a fantastic public park and a considerable boost to the economy of Hounslow.”

Formal Investments director, Nicholas King, said: “It is hugely exciting to know these ambitious and visionary plans, overwhelmingly supported by local residents, have taken a massive step towards going ahead.

“We have worked hard with Hounslow’s planners and councillors to get the proposals right, so that we can provide a local economic boost and give the people of Hounslow a tremendous legacy in the form of a new public park free for all to enjoy.”