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Mayor: London must do more to get women into senior roles to address gender pay gap

Sadiq Khan today said more needs to be done to get women into senior roles to address the pay gap between men and women in the capital. The Mayor of London’s comments came as he published the latest gender pay details in the Greater London Authority (GLA) Group.
 
The new data reveals there still is a significant gender pay gap at City Hall, Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police and the London Legacy Development Corporation.
 
The reason for the gender gap in the GLA Group is not due to women being paid less for doing the same job, but instead because there are not enough women in senior roles.

Read the full press release.

Read OPDC's 2017 Gender Pay Gap report.

OPDC secures £750,000 funding for early activities & improvements to Scrubs Lane & Willesden Junction Station

On 7 March 2018, the Mayor of London announced that OPDC had secured £750,004 from the Good Growth Fund for local communities to play a role in the regeneration taking place in Old Oak and Park Royal.

Working with the local community, this funding will be used for a range of activation projects along Scrubs Lane and at Willesden Junction. These projects will improve public realm, wayfinding and legibility, promoting local businesses and creativity, improving bio-diversity and amplifying local heritage.

Read the full press release.

OPDC designates second Neighbourhood Forum in Old Oak and Park Royal

In September 2017, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) – the Mayor of London’s development corporation – designated a new neighbourhood area: the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area.

Five months later, on 9 February 2018, OPDC designated a new forum for this area: the Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum.

The designation of the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area and Forum gives local communities in west London the chance to shape the future of their neighbourhood in a tangible way, as the status allows them to now develop a Neighbourhood Plan for the designated Area. This will give communities a greater power to influence how their local surroundings in Old Oak and Park Royal – home to one of the UK’s largest regeneration sites – will develop, including how plans will affect open spaces, the emerging local centre, a section of the Grand Union Canal, as well as locally-listed buildings and conservation areas. 

The area covers more than 22 hectares (55 acres) – equivalent in size to St James’s Park – including most of the existing residential neighbourhoods within the OPDC area.

Read the full press release.

Ben O’Neill appointed Commercial Director at OPDC

Ben joins the Corporation tasked with spearheading the delivery of tens of thousands of new homes and jobs at the West London site, from Hammerson, a FTSE100 owner, manager and developer of leading retail destinations in Europe. He has 10 years of experience across a range of public and private sector development and investment projects.  During his time at Hammerson he worked in several asset management and development roles including, the £1.4bn regeneration of Croydon Town Centre and the £1.3bn Brent Cross Extension.

He has most recently been responsible for Grand Central Birmingham and its integration following its £335m acquisition. Ben is a chartered surveyor and a trustee of Cockpit Arts.

Read the full press release.

Mayor appoints Victoria Quinlan and William Hill as new Board members of OPDC

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has approved a recommendation by Liz Peace CBE, Chair of OPDC to appoint Victoria Quinlan and William Hill as new Board members of the corporation tasked with spearheading the delivery of tens of thousands of new homes and jobs at the West London site.

Victoria Quinlan is currently the Managing Director - Investment Management for Lendlease, a global property and infrastructure company listed on the Australian stock exchange with operations in Australia, Asia, America and Europe, and a global development pipeline of c£30bn. Victoria has extensive experience in Property Development, and is a well-known figure in the London planning sector.

William Hill is an experienced property investment specialist with 33 years in the industry, including 22 years as head of property at Schroders plc, a large global investment management house. He formed his own consultancy company in November 2013. He is regarded as an investment expert within the industry and frequently quoted in the national and specialist trade press for his views.

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Victoria Hills to stand down as Chief Executive of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) has today announced that Victoria Hills is standing down from her position as Chief Executive Officer.
 
Victoria has been Chief Executive of OPDC since June 2015 and is leaving the organisation to become Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
 
OPDC is the local planning authority and regeneration agency for the 650 hectare site in west London and is the second Mayoral Development Corporation in the capital, alongside the London Legacy Development Corporation.
 
OPDC aims to maximise the potential of one of the UK’s biggest development sites, with the capacity to deliver 25,500 new homes and 65,000 jobs.
 
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I would like to thank Victoria for her leadership, commitment and dedication as Chief Executive of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation. This is one of the most important regeneration sites in London with capacity for thousands of genuinely affordable homes.”

Read the full press release.

Deputy Mayor, James Murray, kick starts the UK’s largest regeneration project

James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, and Liz Peace CBE, OPDC Chairman, joined Queens Park Rangers and Genesis Housing Association to begin the demolition of a derelict hostel that will make way for 605 new homes, including a high proportion (40%) of affordable homes for Londoners.

The Oaklands development will be the first homes to be built at Old Oak and Park Royal and will start the transformation of the area to deliver 25,500 new homes and 65,00 new jobs.

James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development said:

The regeneration of Old Oak and the surrounding area represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver thousands of genuinely affordable homes for Londoners. 

I am delighted that work has commenced on this important scheme and pleased that we have been able to work so closely with QPR and Genesis Housing Association to increase the proportion of affordable homes.

Liz Peace CBE, OPDC Chairman said:

Today’s ground-breaking marks the start of early-delivery of hundreds of affordable homes for Londoners and the community in west London.

I am delighted to kick-start the wider regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal in line with Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s priorities.

This first major scheme granted consent by OPDC and the Mayor paves the way to creating a place where people will want to live, work, spend their leisure time and bring up their families.

Read the full press release.

Our CEO talks to West London Press and Get West London about where the Old Oak and Park Royal development’s at in this 30-40 year project

Old Oak and Park Royal development: 'If you imagine it's the 2012 Olympics we're at the 2003 stage'.

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation CEO explains the steps that need to be taken before key construction gets under way.

Plans for the UK's biggest regeneration project have been under way since 2015 but with its masterplan not yet published, central development at the site is still a long way off.

The Mayor of London’s development corporation, OPDC, is in charge of overseeing the redevelopment which promises to bring with it 25,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs.

Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of OPDC said:

Obviously for a site this large and complicated there’s a lot of work to be done so nothing’s been published yet. We're working on phase one of the masterplan at the moment and I think we’ll be in a position to publish something in spring next year.

Read the full interview.

OPDC designates second Neighbourhood Area in Old Oak and Park Royal

The OPDC Board approved the designation of the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area on 12 September 2017.

This decision will give our local community greater power to influence how the local area will develop. It will mean that people in the Neighbourhood Area can influence things such as: how plans will affect open spaces, the emerging local centre and a section of the Grand Union Canal, as well as locally-listed buildings and conservation areas.

OPDC Chairman and Chief Executive share their views on the decision:

Liz Peace CBE, Chairman of OPDC said:

It's important that we continue to put the local community right at the heart of the future regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal and this decision cements our commitment to that ambition.

Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of OPDC said:

I'm delighted that OPDC has its second Neighbourhood Area. It's heartening that local residents are so well organised and care passionately about their community; we look forward to many continued years of collaboration.

Read the full press release.

Significant milestones for Old Oak and Park Royal with HS2 activity
  • August 2017: HS2 announce the search has started for the superhub station construction team
  • July 2017: HS2 issue the Old Oak Main Civils work contracts and Station Design shortlist 

Liz Peace CBE, Chairman of OPDC, said:

I welcome the ‎progress being made by HS2. The largest sub-surface station ever to be built in the UK and the future transport super-hub is the catalyst for regeneration at Old Oak and Park Royal. This announcement is another significant milestone towards this.

Victoria Hills, CEO of OPDC, said:

These are significant milestones towards unlocking the potential of Old Oak and Park Royal, which will become the gateway to the Midlands and the North. These important contracts will not only create jobs, but provide a clear signal that London is very much open for business!

Find out more here.

Mayor announces plans to appoint Liz Peace CBE as Chair of OPDC

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced his intention to appoint Liz Peace CBE as the new Chair of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation – tasking her with spearheading the delivery of tens of thousands of new homes and jobs at the West London site.

Liz Peace has more than 35 years’ experience in government and the property sector. She was Chief Executive of the British Property Federation and has also been Honorary President of the Property Litigation Association, Chair of the Centre for London think tank and Chair of the Shadow Government Property Agency. Her appointment is subject to a confirmation hearing before the London Assembly.

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£1.5 million investment announced for Great Place Scheme

Old Oak and Park Royal has been chosen as one of 16 ‘Great Places’.

Old Oak and Park Royal has been awarded a grant of £1,489,255 from Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund’s Great Place Scheme to ensure that art, culture and heritage are at the heart of the major developments planned for the area.

The money will support Made in Park Royal, an ambitious and community-focused project from Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). 

Plans for the three-year project include working directly with a pool of 2,000 local volunteers, an engagement programme designed to reach all school children in the area, and community-led research into local heritage.

Read the full press release and more about the wider project.

Recruitment of Old Oak and Park Royal (OPDC) Chair

Interview date: Friday 10 February 2017

Application closing date: Tuesday 17 January 2017

Old Oak and Park Royal is one of the most important regeneration projects in London. The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) was established to secure the maximum benefits from the newly planned transport interchanges of High Speed 2, Crossrail and London Overground stations, to deliver the much-needed homes and jobs in what will be one of the largest regeneration projects London has seen for decades. 

The OPDC Board is responsible for promoting and delivering physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration at Old Oak and Park Royal, through high-quality sustainable development and investment for the benefit of the area and the communities that surround it. It will plan for significant future growth at Old Oak; and for the protection and regeneration of the industrial areas of Park Royal.

Following a review of the OPDC, which reported in Autumn 2016, the Mayor of London is now looking to appoint a new Chair to ensure that the Development Corporation delivers the best deal for Londoners.

Find out more and apply.

Sadiq Khan: London gender-pay gap is 'unacceptable'

Sadiq Khan today hit out at the 'unacceptable' pay gap between men and women as he published full gender pay details of all organisations in the Greater London Authority (GLA) family – including Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade.

Earlier this year, the Mayor honoured a manifesto pledge by publishing gender pay data for all staff at City Hall and today he reiterated his call to all employers to close the pay gap for women after widening publication to include the GLA's 'functional bodies'. 

The Mayor said: "Clearly we all need to do much more to put our own houses in order. I am determined to lead by example." He is asking all GLA group organisations to publish action plans to address the pay gap.

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Mayor reveals ‘mess’ left at Old Oak Common in review findings

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today revealed that the plans to regenerate Old Oak in West London were left in ‘a mess’ by his predecessor as he announced the findings of his review of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC).

Sadiq Khan today gave his full backing for the regeneration of Old Oak, but called on Government to reduce the financial burden that the plans will place on Londoners.

The Mayor criticised his predecessor, Boris Johnson, for 'rushing headlong' into an agreement with Government to transfer land at Old Oak that was made on unfavourable terms compared to other major regeneration schemes in the country.

A new High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station is due to be constructed at Old Oak Common by 2026. OPDC was established in April 2015 to oversee development for the wider area and has full planning powers within its 650 hectare boundary that includes land in the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Brent.

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Review of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), the second Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC), was launched on 1 April 2015 to secure the benefits of the regeneration and development of Old Oak and Park Royal.
In late June the Mayor of London commissioned1 the Greater London Authority (GLA) to undertake a review of the strategic direction and work programme of the OPDC. This was in the context of the Mayor recognising the importance of the regeneration project to London, but also his concern to ensure the fundamentals were in place to get the best deal for Londoners and create a thriving new area of London. In particular, the Mayor wished to understand the implications of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreed between the OPDC and the Secretary of State for Transport for the transfer of Government-owned land at Old Oak Common.

The document reports the high-level findings and key recommendations arising from the review.

Read the full report.

Mayor of London boosts number of affordable homes at Old Oak

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has approved plans for the first major housing development at the Old Oak regeneration site in West London, after intervening to boost the number of affordable homes in the scheme.

The Oaklands development will see 605 new homes built, together with a nursery, health centre and commercial space. A target of 50 per cent affordable housing has been agreed for the development, following an intervention by the Mayor to boost the number of affordable homes through investment and a profit-sharing mechanism.

Old Oak and Park Royal has the potential to deliver 25,500 new homes and 65,000 jobs over the next 30 to 40 years, as well as becoming the key transport interchange for Crossrail and HS2.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The development marks a significant step in realising the huge potential of this part of the capital".

Read the full press release.

Mayor welcomes a Budget with big wins for London

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has welcomed big wins for the capital announced in the Chancellor's budget today (16 March 2016), including:

  • plans for funding the development of Crossrail 2

  • devolution of business rates

  • land transfer at Old Oak Common to drive the growth of the 'Stratford of the West'

  • an increased focus on addressing rough sleeping, building on the success of the No Second Night Out initiative.

Read the full press release.

Have your say on plans to transform Old Oak and Park Royal

Londoners can now have their say on plans to create a brand new part of the capital at Old Oak and Park Royal.

Old Oak is set to become home to a world-class High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station by 2026. It will be one of the largest new stations built in the UK, handling 250,000 passengers a day.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson believes this could act as a springboard to deliver 25,500 new homes and up to 65,000 jobs at both Old Oak and the adjoining Park Royal industrial estate.

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New initiative launched to protect and strengthen Park Royal

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) is today launching a new initiative that aims to strengthen London’s largest industrial estate and support its future competitiveness.

Park Royal in West London is home to 2,000 businesses and employs more than 30,000 people. It is home to successful UK brands including Carphone Warehouse and Diageo as well as hundreds of small independent businesses which play a vital role in supporting London’s economy.

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Mayor greenlights planning strategy for Old Oak and Park Royal

A planning framework which will deliver more than 25,500 new homes and create up to 65,000 jobs at Old Oak and Park Royal has been approved and adopted by the Mayor of London.

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New technology to be embraced at Old Oak and Park Royal

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) has teamed up with an organisation that promotes technological innovation to ensure that all future development at the UK’s largest regeneration site embrace the latest high-tech innovations.

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Mayor urges more apprentices to take on careers in construction

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today urged more young people to choose a career in construction, as he joined forces with Lloyds Banking Group to launch the £1 million Construction Skills fund to help provide London homebuilders with the improved training they say the industry needs.

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Design Council Cabe appointed to key Old Oak and Park Royal role

The OPDC has appointed Design Council Cabe to a key new role that will aim to ensure all new developments on the largest regeneration site in London meet the very highest of design standards.

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Rail Magazine - 4 February 2015, 'Common Ground'

With an IEP depot, a Crossrail depot, a planned HS2 station and London Overground stations, Old Oak Common could soon be the most important rail centre in London.

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Follow-up to ‘Rail Infrastructure & Sustainable Cities' breakfast

Railway infrastructure and stations are increasingly recognised as a catalyst for development and enhanced community facilities; you need look no further than the planning for Nine Elms and Barking Riverside as examples of this in the capital.

However there are challenges around how the next wave of investment will be spent in order to best utilise rail as a driver of regeneration.

Victoria drew proceedings together by emphasising the Capital’s need for regeneration like at Old Oak Common which has the X factor of being the only interchange between Crossrail and HS2.  She drew attention to the fact that government’s top problem used to be transport, now it’s housing, as reflected in the mayoral candidates proposals.

Read the full article.

Victoria Hills named Chief Executive Officer at OPDC

Victoria Hills has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC).

Old Oak Common in West London is one of the largest regeneration opportunities in Europe, with a High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station due to be constructed by 2026.

The OPDC was launched by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson in April to maximise the regeneration potential of the new stations and deliver up to 24,000 homes and more than 55,000 jobs.

Victoria Hills is a chartered planner and a former head of transport at the Greater London Authority. She has been instrumental in the establishment of the OPDC, first as Director and then, since April as Interim Chief Executive.

In her new role, she will deliver the Mayor’s vision for regeneration in the area which has the potential to deliver a £15bn boost to London’s economy over the next 15 years.   

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “Old Oak Common can be as important to West London as the Olympics have been for East London, driving social and economic regeneration on an almost unparalleled scale. I am delighted to be able to appoint someone of the calibre and experience of Victoria Hills to drive forward this once-in-a-generation opportunity.”

Victoria Hills said: “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to secure the best possible outcomes from the significant transport investment that Old Oak and Park Royal will benefit from. This is a career defining opportunity for me to deploy my transport and planning expertise to showcase the very best London can offer in exemplar place making.”

The new station will be the size of Waterloo, handling 250,000 passengers a day and acting as a super hub between London and the rest of the UK, Europe and the world. The Corporation will act as a single, transparent and robust body to spearhead the regeneration of the site that straddles the London boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing.

The OPDC will look to emulate the success of the London Legacy Development Corporation that continues to lead the post-Olympic regeneration of Stratford and East London. The Mayor’s Office believes that the regeneration opportunity could provide almost 14 per cent of Greater London’s employment needs up to 2031. 

It has the support of Government and full planning powers across the entire site straddling the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing.

As well as promoting and delivering physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration at Old Oak Common, the Corporation will also safeguard and develop Park Royal as a strategic industrial location and attract long-term investment to the area, including from overseas.

The OPDC is chaired by Deputy Mayor for Planning Sir Edward Lister and has various statutory powers relating to infrastructure, regeneration and land acquisitions.