Topping out ceremony held for £50m major regeneration scheme in Harlow

Business / Fri 23rd Jun 2023 at 12:37pm

A MAJOR development of 172 new homes nears completion on a key gateway site in and out of Harlow.

The development by Hollybrook on Fifth Avenue near the Burnt Mill roundabout will provide 172 apartments made up of 33 one-bedroom and 139 two-bedroom homes with 12,500 sq ft of commercial space over 15 storeys, with panoramic views over the River Stort and onward to Hertfordshire.

The scheme is located on a key gateway regeneration site from Harlow to Hertfordshire and is only a 200m walk to Harlow Train Station.

The development represents an investment of £50m into Harlow.

The Leader of Harlow Council, Councillor Dan Swords, was invited to top out the building marking an important milestone for the development. Councillor Swords was joined by Hollybrook Directors, site managers and the scheme’s delivery team.

Councillor Swords, said:

“I was delighted to be invited to celebrate this key milestone for the development. This is an impressive development of high-quality luxury apartments which will regenerate one of Harlow’s key gateway locations. This is a significant private-sector investment into Harlow, which is absolutely key, as we rebuild our town alongside our council-led regeneration schemes.

“It is fantastic that Harlow-based glazing and roofing companies as well as recruitment agencies worked on this major project. Private investment in our town should always bring with it economic benefits and create new opportunities for local people and businesses.

“I would like to congratulate Hollybrook on this scheme. The apartments are in a key location alongside the development of the north to centre sustainable transport corridor which will create new walking, cycling and a rapid bus route in and out of Harlow and connect new homes at Gilston with the town centre as part of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town project. The future is looking very bright for this end of our town.”

Kevin Parsons, Hollybrook’s Development Director, said:

“Hollybrook are very proud to have constructed yet another award-winning landmark regeneration scheme of such outstanding quality and in such a prominent location on the approach to Harlow Town.

“We would like to thank Harlow Council for all their assistance and co-operation along the way.

“The development represents an investment of £50m in the District and we look forward to doing further developments in Harlow in the future.”

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19 Comments for Topping out ceremony held for £50m major regeneration scheme in Harlow:

David Forman
2023-06-23 18:04:17

I'm surprised Cllr Swords knows which end of the shovel to hold.

2023-06-23 18:46:42

Yet more people / cars/ vehicles of all sorts to bung up the already congested roundabout …”yes the future is looking very bright for that end of town”

Kim Oconnor
2023-06-23 18:50:12

No mention of all the destruction to the environment coming our way. Lovely views over the river stort.... would that be the same river stort valley that you want to destroy in abundance. . This beautiful peaceful, river stort valley, one of the best ecosystem s.... Ripping up trees in abundance. Destroying wildlife. Building over theses Marsh lands, is a disaster waiting to happen. We will flood..in time..

Bruce Downey
2023-06-23 19:01:21

In the near future when the spanking new hospital is built at junction 7a, it will ease a lot of traffic coming in and out of Harlow.

Bruce Downey
2023-06-23 19:51:42

Gentrification mixing with the rift-raft, and the majority of decent people, what a cocktail.. Cheers🍹

2023-06-23 21:20:50

I am so happy that the council has backed me. I didn't want to answer some questions from a Harlow resident. I asked the police to give them a warning,it backfired. Yes it has cost £10,000s and even the possibility of two officers jobs. But we stand strong, the council and I . A big thanks to Dan Swords,at this time.

2023-06-24 08:21:25

Vile disgusting greedy selfish people.The future looks very bleak for harlow.

Nicholas Taylor
2023-06-24 11:05:28

This is what the Tories call regeneration and an investment in to Harlow. Building luxury flats does nothing for those of us who already live here apart from increasing the number of people living in a small town, all looking for a doctor, a dentist, treatment at the hospital and school places for children. The developers want a return on their investment by way of a profit from the sale of the flats and commercial space. Built close to the Station means premium prices, most new residents will be commuters to London, bringing little economic benefit to the town. In the meantime, the real housing crisis exists for those who cannot afford to buy a home and never will.

Lesley Barnard
2023-06-24 11:14:08

What about sorting the homes that already exist, bad, leaking windows and doors, rubbish dumping outside our homes, nothing being done

2023-06-24 13:31:05

Nicholas Taylor well said and you have said it all perfectly.

Alderman Durcan
2023-06-24 15:42:42

Amazing political spin. This had absolutely nothing to do with the Tories ,so not sure how they can take credit for anything. Photo opportunity only.

2023-06-24 16:25:48

Alderman Durcan, if you had actually read the article, it states clearly that the Leader of the Council "was invited to top out the building marking an important milestone for the development. Councillor Swords was joined by Hollybrook Directors, site managers and the scheme’s delivery team". Your accusation of political spin is wholly unfounded.

Dan Swords
2023-06-24 16:51:47

Alderman Durcan, the article states: Hollybrook Development Director - We would like to thank Harlow Council for all their assistance and co-operation along the way.”

Nicholas Taylor
2023-06-24 17:50:45

But lets remind readers that according to the developers website the original planning application was for 102 flats which was subsequently increased to 173. I seem to remember that the Council refused permission to build another storey but lost this on appeal. This whole area was originally designated for commercial use, just another area in the town which is making way for thousands more people to live (but not work) in the town.

2023-06-24 18:43:48

173 flats is unlikely to houses 'thousands' as Nicholas Taylor states. Pure hyperbole.

Kim Oconnor
2023-06-24 19:19:17

James, this council shift the goal posts when it suits..

Nicholas Taylor
2023-06-24 21:52:49

James. I was alluding to areas across the town as a whole, such as the former Pearson site where hundreds of flats are being built, the new block at Wych Elm, the conversion of at least 13 office blocks into flats across the town. Trying to get a quart out of a pint pot and cramming in more people into one of the most densely populated areas in the East of England. And all the time just tinkering around the edges of where the real housing crisis exists. Lets not forget of course that all this building will result in hundreds if not thousands of homes being built in Harlow in excess of the number required by your Government.

David Forman
2023-06-25 00:53:23

It is not just the numbers. It also the quality and the internal living space that matters. The UK already has the smallest size new-build properties in Europe. Plus, we have seen the large number of tower blocks with combustible cladding, many of which are not yet rectified. See https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/feb/11/welcome-rabbit-hutch-britain-land-ever-shrinking-home https://enfielddispatch.co.uk/more-than-1000-london-tower-blocks-still-a-serious-fire-risk/

Nicholas Taylor
2023-06-28 08:52:55

And check out the rents being charged for the new flat block at Wych Elm!

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