BlackRock Real Assets and NEAT Developments are seeking to work with you to reimagine Uplands Business Park.
Uplands Business Park and the wider Blackhorse Lane Creative Enterprise Zone is changing. The area is increasingly becoming home to a diverse mix of creative businesses, makers, and SMEs including a growing number of artisan food and beverage manufactures. At Uplands Business Park the vision is to create an exemplar development that re-provides modern industrial workspace, within a variety of innovative building typologies, in a new thriving mixed-use neighbourhood on the bank of London’s largest urban wetlands. We want to create a new, long-term vision that builds on the success of the area’s evolution.
To achieve this we intend to submit a planning application to Waltham Forest Council later in the year. Before we submit an application we want to understand the local community’s views and priorities during this first round of consultation. On this site, you can view our initial proposals, have your say and ask questions to the project team. Following your comments, we will come back to showcase our proposals in more detail and will be once again asking for your views and comments.
This website explains our initial proposals on how we can achieve our new vision for Uplands Business Park. Once you have reviewed the content please do let us know your thoughts by clicking the button below.
We hosted two in-person, drop-in sessions on 15th and 17th July at Uplands Business Park where the project team were on hand to talk through the proposals and answer any questions attendees had. Use the button below to find out further details.
We intend to redevelop Uplands Business Park and create spaces to:
Locally led, industrial first approach to retain, support and grow business.
Create a new mixed-use neighbourhood to integrate new uses and create high-quality public spaces.
Promote sustainability, biodiversity and introduce new green spaces.
Establish better connectivity for Uplands Business Park and the wider community through new routes and improved infrastructure.
Where is Uplands Business Park?
Uplands Business Park is located within the Blackhorse Lane Strategic Industrial Location (SIL), in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
Blackhorse Road Station is a short distance away which provides access to the Victoria Line and Gospel Oak-Barking Overground Line, connecting the site within 20 minutes to central London. Blackhorse Lane also benefits from good cycle and pedestrian connections which have been upgraded as part of Waltham Forest Council’s Mini-Holland Programme.
The surrounding area is largely residential and supported by small local centres on Blackhorse Lane and in Highams Hill. To the south, close to Blackhorse Road Station, is the Blackhorse Lane Housing Zone where there are a number of new residential-led developments and to the east is Walthamstow Wetlands.
Through the redevelopment of the site, there is an opportunity to expand the offer to the existing businesses and the wider community in terms of new jobs, amenities, recreation, culture and leisure.
BlackRock (Real Assets) ownership extends to over 5 hectares and houses an increasingly diverse mix of businesses across 35 units. The buildings vary in height up to 3 storeys and cover approximately half of the site. The external areas provide hardstanding, access roads, storage yards and vehicle parking with limited provision for pedestrians and cyclists.
The estate currently supports tenants covering a range of light industrial, commercial and creative uses including coffee roasters, a microbrewery, a vegan food producer, an education facility, creative workspace and artists’ studios.
The site also sits within the Blackhorse Lane SIL which Waltham Forest Council, in collaboration with the Greater London Authority (GLA), is preparing a masterplan for to guide sustainable change and future development. The initial proposals presented here sit within the framework established by Waltham Forest and the GLA.
Create modern industrial space which will be at the heart of the proposals
Retain existing businesses and
the industrial character of the area
High-quality public realm with
sustainability at its heart
Better pedestrian and cycle
access to create ‘green links’
Introduction of an innovation platform and shared facilities for industrial businesses and wider community
Potential to create a high-quality
Create spaces that the local
community will visit
Establish lasting partnerships with businesses, residents and local education providers
Have Your Say
On the Have Your Say page of this website you will find two surveys we are seeking your views on what you would like to see as we look to deliver new experiences for Uplands Business Park and develop our initial proposals.
On 15th and 17th July, we hosted two in-person drop-in events, where members of the project team will explained the initial concepts in more detail. The events were held outside Unit 25 on Uplands Business Park, if you want to see the exhibition boards that were presented at the event please click here.
We will come back with further developed plans in 2021 to re-consult with the Waltham Forest community to show how your input has helped shape the proposals. This will involve further details about how we are proposing to redevelop this key asset for Waltham Forest.