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It aims to be the gateway to the UK, a transport ‘super-hub’ acting as a first stop for travellers arriving at a newly expanded Heathrow heading into London, Birmingham or beyond.

But with key decisions over the future of Old Oak Common in the balance, can the estimated £29bn project with a station once disparagingly dubbed ‘Wormwood Scrubs International’ realise its potential in 2017?

For decades the sprawling 134 ha Old Oak site was the industrial backwater of west London, with factories, freight sidings and car showrooms jostling for space within a spaghetti of railway lines and the Grand Union Canal.

“All the shortlisted teams for Old Oak are world-class, the team that is selected will come up with something amazing working with us,” she says. Spring training 2016 stats “If you look at what MTR has done in Hong Kong, it’s so seamlessly integrated [that] it’s conducive for people to use public transport. Fantasy football 2016 guide They have a model to deliver development at the same time as delivering rail upgrading. Facebook live stream Why haven’t we done more of that in this country? We don’t do things like that.”

The OPDC has commissioned a study into the potential primary uses for Old Oak that will feed into the masterplan, helping to make sense of the size of the opportunity. Softball drills for 12u From the O2 Arena in Greenwich to the new US Embassy in Nine Elms, London’s regeneration projects tend to attract landmark tenants. Football scores nfl today Old Oak will be no different, according to Ms Hills.

“When Argent was putting together its masterplan at King’s Cross, it didn’t know it was going to get a university or Google – it was one of those brilliant masterstrokes. Landscape institute If you think about Stratford: if someone at the time said, ‘We’ll get the V&A and the Smithsonian out here,’ people would have thought they were ridiculous.

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QPR’s chief operating officer Mark Donnelly says the club can function as a hub for the area: “Any big regeneration needs community facilities as well as just housing. Back garden ideas uk A stadium could offer healthcare facilities, a police safer neighbourhood team, a café, a library, or any other number of other community uses. Fantasy football team names Stadiums are identifiable and accessible, which makes them attractive locations for public sector uses – a focal point for the community.”

The club has entered into a joint venture with Genesis Housing Association to deliver homes on “significant” sites it owns in the area and has won planning for the first 605 homes in the OPDC’s £175m Oaklands scheme. Louisville slugger field Galliford Try has been appointed to the project, with work expected to start early next year.

Genesis Housing assets and investments executive director Jeremy Stibbe says the Oaklands scheme is part of a long-term strategy by the association in the area: “For Genesis this is a strategic proposition. Mls softball riverside Our board has agreed to a £100m landbanking facility which was set up for the area; however, how we invest that is to be decided.”

According to Mr Stibbe, the key to delivering Old Oak is allowing access. Landscape urbanism “The challenge that Old Oak has is ensuring the infrastructure is unlocked and there is connectivity between the various parts of the site.”

His view is shared by London and Regional Property’s development director Geoff Springer, who is charged with delivering its own £5bn scheme on the vast 19 ha Cargiant site to the north of the new HS2 station.

Masterplanned by PLP and Arup, the project is split into six neighbourhoods centred around a new London Overground station and includes 7,000 homes, the tallest tower in west London and up to 1m sq ft of business space dedicated to start-ups and SMEs.

The success of the Cargiant scheme, however, relies heavily on TfL and Network Rail approving a new £140m-£150m viaduct for the railway running through the heart of the site, while the mayor’s recent review stated that the case for a new station “still needs to be proven”.

For Mr Springer, the very idea that a viaduct wouldn’t get built is unthinkable. Basketball rio 2016 schedule “It’s more than key,” he says. Baseball diamond images “It is fundamental to the project as it makes the permeability of the site happen, and it brings people from Harlesden and Kensal Rise into our site and the HS2 station.

“It’s the most important structure in the whole scheme. Youth basketball tournaments If you look at what happened with the Crossrail depot, where people were short-sighted, we don’t want the same mistakes to happen on our site with the viaduct.”

According to Mr Springer, a planning application for Cargiant’s site is expected to be lodged in Q2 2017, with work on the first homes beginning in 2020/21 and delivered no earlier than 2023.

He adds: “We have two years of pure infrastructure work to progress on, and we have to spend the best part of £200m to get the site going. Basketball positions We will have landmarks and great architecture. Front yard landscaping ideas pictures What we don’t want is a new piece of London which is turned over with ugly buildings.

“We are not having any landmark office buildings, we are not targeting that market. Facebook apple watch We are targeting start-ups and small businesses so they can grow. Garden city ks That is the strategy – this is not an office centre.”

With many important decisions still up in the air, 2017 could be make or break for the future of Old Oak, and it may take some bold political decisions if the grand vision for the scheme is to be turned into reality.