Work has begun on SEGRO’s new, urban, industrial scheme in Hayes.

SEGRO Park Hayes is going up on a site which was once home to the Nestle chocolate and coffee producing factory. It will have four industrial units totalling 239,665 sq ft.

The largest unit of 97,600 sq ft has already been pre-let. The remaining three, one of which will be particularly suited for a data centre due to its power, connectivity and security, are being built speculatively and to meet demand for modern, environmentally sustainable warehousing.

The buildings have been designed to carbon-neutral standards for regulated energy use. Sustainability features include photovoltaic panels, electric vehicle charging points, LED lighting, air-source heat pumps, and reflective glazing, which will help reduce energy.

The new industrial units are expected to create up to 350 job opportunities once complete. A skills and training programme will be put in place by SEGRO and Hillingdon Council to ensure residents benefit from training and employment opportunities generated by the industrial park’s construction and future occupation.

The industrial spaces will include numerous features that support a healthy and active lifestyle, including a trim trail and access to the canal.

The scheme is in line the developer’s ‘Responsible SEGRO’ commitments of championing low-carbon growth and investing in local communities.

Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Hillingdon Council’s cabinet member for property and infrastructure, said: “In Hillingdon, we are committed to supporting projects that benefit our residents and the environment.

“We have a strong reputation for attracting major investment to the borough and are continuing to work with developers, including SEGRO, and businesses to revitalise Hillingdon and help to create new homes and jobs for local people.

 “This work complements our town centre investment programme, ensuring they are modern, attractive and pleasant places to live, work and visit. I’m pleased that construction is underway, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have in Hayes once complete.”

Alan Holland, managing director, Greater London for SEGRO, said: “SEGRO Park Hayes embodies so many of the things that we strive for with industrial developments in urban areas. It will encourage low carbon economic growth, drive skills and employment opportunities, preserve local heritage and contribute to the long-term vitality of the Hayes community. We’re excited to start construction.

 “The mixed-use approach is an innovative way to meet the challenge of diminishing land availability in London. The scheme provides a template for how two of London’s greatest needs – homes and jobs – can be addressed in tandem.”

 SEGRO Park Hayes is part of the broader regeneration of the 30-acre site alongside Barratt London which is delivering more than 1,300 new homes on the remainder of it.

The art deco façade of the former Nestle factory is being restored and incorporated into the design of the housing development.

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