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Walking along the Grand canal


I do not like the UK Property market, but there is a project that I am looking at now.

I thought it might be a good time to launch this thread, even though I believe strongly, it is not the right time to buy


Maybe there are GEI readers here who know something about these developments



From the Grand Union Canal to Chelsea Creek:

London’s extensive canal network is becoming a major source of new homes

After being left derelict and unloved for decades, London’s extensive canal network is having its time in the spotlight as city planners switch their focus from riverside regeneration...


London’s extensive canal network is becoming a major source of new homes. What started in the Nineties as a trickle has turned into a flood. City planners are switching their focus from riverside regeneration to the capital’s historic inland waterways, miles of which have been derelict and unloved for decades.

By building high-quality homes and creating canalside cafés and recreational spaces, unpromising sites can be transformed into prized places to live — as at Chelsea Creek, next to Lots Road Power Station, where homes are set around a new dock and navigable canals linked to the tidal Thames. Flats have direct access to the water from private pontoons, making water sports possible, with enthusiasts already taking up kayaking.

Architect Squire & Partners drew inspiration from Amsterdam and Copenhagen. “We replaced the traditional English garden with waterways and tree-lined promenades to give the place character and charm,” says Michael Squire. Prices from £5,999,950. Call St George on 020 7610 9693.

London's new canalside homes

Not all canal locations are so central, or so preened, as at Chelsea. But the fringe areas of the capital are being cleaned up and are more affordable for young Londoners.


Park Royal in west London is an industrial zone reinventing itself as a residential area, with two-bedroom flats costing half the price of the inner London average. Grand Union Canal passes through it, and the district is poised to benefit from a giant transport superhub at nearby Old Oak. For many years, Guinness had a base here and used the canal to transport barrels to Paddington for distribution to pubs.


Drinks company Diageo now occupies a “green”, campus-style headquarters on the former brewery site, while Redrow’s Royal Waterside has 265 apartments alongside a 20-acre nature reserve with lakes, bridges and cycle paths. Prices from £355,000. Call 020 3538 5476.


From £5,999,950: flats around a new dock with direct water access via private pontoons at Chelsea Creek

Forgotten waterways
The best way to discover these forgotten waterways and spot the new housing is to put on your hiking boots. It’s surprising how far you can go.

Grand Union Canal is the capital’s main inland waterway. It comes in from the west, through Brentford, reaching Maida Vale — Little Venice — before joining up with Regent’s Canal, which passes through Camden, King’s Cross and Shoreditch and runs into the Thames at Limehouse. Here the Limehouse Cut spins off in a different direction, heading north-east through Bow and Stratford to Hackney Marshes and Walthamstow.


> More: http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/buying/new-homes/from-the-grand-union-canal-to-chelsea-creek-london-s-extensive-canal-network-is-becoming-a-major-a100241.html

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Union Park: Canalside Commercial / Residential (?) development in Uxbridge : Map :

Original design as commercial property

commercial-unionpark-3-640.jpg : MAP


Description (the nature of this development may have changed AGAIN! from com'l to residential)
Union Park has been re branded and transformed following a comprehensive refurbishment.

Union Park comprises approximately 70,000 sqft of offices in self contained buildings ranging from 4,400 sqft to 16,925 sqft
Refurbished Offices, Four Pipe Fan Coil AC, Full Access Raised Floors, Suspended Ceilings with LG3 lighting,

Ample Parking 1: 250 sqft, 8 Person Passenger Lifts, On Site Security


Commercial development too / source of these images: http://www.symmetrys.com/projects/commercial/unionPark/index.html








Aqua House, Union Park, Uxbridge, UB8 2GH : Studio starts at GBP 220k, 2BR starts at GBP 400K


Aqua House Description - artists impression after rebranding to Residential

Union Park is an exclusive development offering a stunning choice of studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments, set in a tranquil canal side setting. Union Park will comprise 118 luxury apartments, located in a semi-rural green-belt overlooking the waters of the Grand Union Canal, but will also offer residents convenient access to town centre amenities and excellent transport connections.


Located in a semi-rural swathe of green belt overlooking the quiet waters of the Grand Union Canal - yet will offer residents convenient access to town centre amenities, such as the Tesco Yiewsley Superstore... and to Little Britain Lake.


Fact Sheet > http://fraser.hk.com/en/files/unionpark-factsheet-05.01.2017-2.pdf

Brochure-- > http://fraser.hk.com/en/files/unionparkbrochurelr-1.pdf


DSC003241-495x400.jpg : source-1:





Next to: Packet Boat Marina

And :

14 acres of serene habitat centred around a lake that takes its name from being likened to the shape of the British Isles, this beautiful haven for water birds will be an idyllic retreat for residents at Union Park. This award winning business park is home to many international companies, including Apple Inc., Gilhead Sciences, Cannon Inc., BP, M&S and GlaxoSmithKline. It is also home to Stockley Pines championship golf course .



Nearby Pub



Uxbridge station

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Flat to rent in Waterside Park, West Drayton UB7
£2,947 pcm (£680 pw)

Start photo slideshow : 1 of 2, below is #2

Short let (Furnished) : A two double bedroom modern water side apartment with parking for one vehicle. The property is light and modern and comes fully furnished and well equiped for every day living. All bills are fully inclusive. Call West London Apartments for nightly rates from £550PW.
Interested in this property? Call 020 3544 3919 * or

Read more at http://www.primelocation.com/to-rent/details/16940835#6AgEDg8kCP0UDzKH.99

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Property details for 8 Packet Boat Lane, Uxbridge UB8 2JT
Detached house, Leasehold, 2 Beds, 1 Bath, 0 Recep - Edit
Zoopla Estimate: £286,000 + 16,000



  • Confidence level: high-ish
  • Value range
    £254,000 - £318,000
  • Rental range
    £900 - £1,100 pcm (Yield: 1,000/ 286k = 4.2%)

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Grand Union Office Park, Uxbridge - Completely Industrial


Union Park is an Office Park situated off Packet Boat Lane which sits beside the Grand Union Canal.

It comprises of 8 Office buildings totalling approximately ...


Public Transport
West Drayton Station to London Paddington in 25 minutes by train. Regular Bus Services to Heathrow and Uxbridge.

London Underground Station in Uxbridge
(Piccadilly & Metropolitan Lines)

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London Loop Walk


If you like walking alongside water, then this is the section of the Loop for you. While day 8 is a good walk and sticks to the Union Canal for most of the day, this part of the Loop combines the canal with a number of large lakes that make it hard to imagine you're in Greater London. When the Loop manages to pull this off, it's at its best.


It's not far from Uxbridge tube station to the Loop, and it's worth keeping a look out for the Crown and Treaty pub on your left; this is where Charles I and the Parliamentarians met in 1645 to try to bash out an agreement, but despite 20 days of debate, it came to nothing.

Down on the canal, the Loop heads off along the towpath, past the Swan and Bottle pub and up to Uxbridge Lock, where it's fun to watch the tourist boats bumping and grinding their way through the palaver of getting through a canal lock. A little further on the larger Denham Lock is equally charming, and there's even the attraction of a tea house sandwiched between the canal and the Frays River, which might be a handy stop for lunch if it took you a while to get to Uxbridge.

Enjoy this section, because once you've left the locks, the Loop gets back into rural Greater London; if you've been walking the Loop in order, then the last real piece of rural walking was way back on day 5 in Coulsdon. Although some parts of the Colne Valley can be a little gloomy when the sun hides behind the clouds, the lakes that now fill the old gravel pits are tranquil and pleasant to walk along. It's no surprise that this is a popular fishing spot; it's a long way from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Along the Canal


It's pretty along the Union Canal, with its enticing canalside pubs

Even though the Loop passes between quite a few fishing lakes, the canal towpath is the main route, and after a pleasant detour through a wooded picnic spot (marred only by the odd burned-out car, a sight that walking the Loop will surely make you immune to) it's back to a more traditional towpath along the side of the Union Canal. I found the boats along this stretch particularly fascinating; peering into narrow boat windows and imagining just who lives there is one of the most entertaining aspects of canal walking, and the section past South Harefield can be a good spot for people watching. If you're lucky you might also get attacked by the local crusty's dogs; they don't bite, according to the owner...

Fear not, for there's a worthwhile pub about a mile along the canal. The Minnow might feel like a chain pub, but sitting out in its canalside garden on a sunny day is a treat, and as the Loop finally leaves the Union Canal here, it's a good place to stop for a final goodbye.

There now follows a fairly stout walk uphill towards Hill End, where there's a pub that's been turned into a children's learning centre (the pub sign is still there); and from Hill End it's farmers' fields all the way to the busy Harefield Road, another pub (which was advertising all-day strippers when I hurried past), and then a pleasant walk through Bishop's Wood Country Park to Batchworth Heath, where – you guessed it – there's another pub, Ye Olde Greene Man. This is your last chance to grab a drink while sitting outside and looking over the heath; it's a nice spot for an ale.

From the pub it's a short hop along an old country boundary path, through some utterly urbanised woods and into Northwood, where the tube is a short hike along the railway line. Like most Loop days the end doesn't justify the means; this section is a lovely walk with a couple of enjoyable pubs and precious little evidence of London. Enjoy.


> http://www.longdistancewalks.com/london_loop/day09.html


> Another Walk in the area: http://becominglistless.blogspot.hk/2016/05/on-tuesday-in-middle-of-our-stay-in.html

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London Green gains consent for 144 new canal-side homes in Hillingdon


[PRESSWIRE] London, United Kingdom - 12 February, 2016 --

Regeneration specialist London Green has secured consent for 144 new-build residential units on a former business park in Uxbridge,

adjacent to the Grand Union canal.


London Green acquired the site in March 2015 with the benefit of permitted development rights to convert the existing buildings and began work onsite in May 2015. The new consent replaces some of the existing buildings and will provide a total of 251 units, including 13 units for affordable rent and increases the net saleable area from 88,000ft2 to 160,000ft2.

The planning application was unanimously approved by the London Borough of Hillingdon Major Applications Planning Committee at their meeting on Monday 9 February 2016.

Members praised the high quality of the scheme designed by Chassay & Last Architects. The application was approved with the support of a large number of local residents following a consultation programme carried out by Thorncliffe and Your Shout.

The consented scheme will include an extensive upgrade of the canal towpath, a children’s play area, an energy centre and onsite job training for Hillingdon residents.


> http://presswire.com/content/1778222/london-green-gains-consent-144-new-canal-side-homes-hillingdon

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I know the walk along the canal at Uxbridge it is very pleasant especially when it opens up at Denham Marina.


Questions I have about investing in apartments are:


How you protect yourself from predatory service charges?


Does the time limited nature of the lease erode the value of your capital?

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Flats Closer to the Station at West Drayton - access to Crossrail

- only xx minutes to Heathrow (T1,2,3) when CR is finished




MAPs : PDF : Elizabeth Line, Crossrail : W-Drayton, Station Area

The Elizabeth line will run east from Reading and Heathrow to Abbey Wood and Shenfield. ... The line, currently being constructed by Crossrail, will be named after the UK's longest serving monarch when it ... Elizabeth line station map.


Station House Apartments To Let, West Drayton




Station House scheme involved the renovation and conversion of an existing office block into a unique development of 34 apartments.


> website: http://www.jadehomes.co.uk/project-portfolio/StationHouse.html





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This BRAND NEW 3rd floor flat is in an OUTSTANDING location. Located on the Grand Union Canal. Large windows allow natural light to fill the room giving this property a comfortable feel. Along with AMAZING VIEWS, this property is a stone`s throw away from West Drayton tube station, therefore idea...
Added on 11/11/2016 by Coopers, Uxbridge - High Street Lettings
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***Lovely apartment 2 min from station*** West Drayton, London £1,100pm
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Posted 31 days ago Seller type Private Date available 09 Dec 2016
Property type House Number of beds 1 : Asking GBP 1,100 per month

Beautiful, modern one Bedroom flat to rent.
This cosy apartment is fully furnished .The flat comprises of spacious kitchen with dining area, open plan kitchen comes with:
Neff induction hob/oven/fridge freezer/washing machine/kettle/microwave.
Fully furnished bedroom ,sitting room, spacious bathroom with cubicle shower.
Apartment has been recently built and beautifully designed.
Property is located 2 minutes walk from station.


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Albany House, West Drayton



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1 bedroom flat in Didcot House, Chantry Close, Yiewsley UB7 £265 per week - Added a month agod3af621db499a7df05d2785c3c49cfa197f05474

A truly stunning one double bedroom Luxury apartment situated within a few minutes walk of West Drayton High street and station. Tesco Supermarket is a stone throw away. Offered with a Balcony overlooking the Grand Union Canal. Accommodation; Double bedroom, Modern bathroom, Large lounge open-plan to fully fitted kitchen with appliances and doors leading to balcony. Benefits; Secure underground car park, Double glazing, Under floor heating, Entry phone system. Furnished


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There is interest in West Drayton as a result. So what is of interest in the area close to the station? Development on RAF West Drayton, has provided high quality flats in the Parkwest development and some of these flats and aprtments are coming onto the market again.

  • Such as a two bed on the market at £239,950 which should rent for around £1150 and give a gross yield of 5.7%
  • Or a one bed at £166,500 which should let for £900 and generate a yield of 6.5%.
  • There of course lots of new builds on the development, with new phases still opening.

> Belvoir: https://www.belvoir.co.uk/crossrail-why-are-buy-to-let-investors-so-interested-and-what-property-is-available-in-the-west-drayton-area-p3746


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2 BR / 2ba : Flat to rent in Trout Road, West Drayton UB7
£1,350 pcm (£312 pw) :

Read more at http://www.primelocation.com/to-rent/details/42529092#TbvfO8kdGdycbWgB.99

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Waterloo Wharf, Uxbridge

A dynamic new destination for waterside living Studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments

Reflecting the industrial heritage of traditional canalside buildings, Waterloo Wharf has been designed to sit at perfect ease in its surroundings. Many apartments enjoy the advantage of a balcony or terrace to make the most of this outstanding setting, while all residents have access to the waterside gardens.

> http://howarthhomes.co.uk/featured-developments/

> Brochure: http://howarthhomes.co.uk/assets/images/developments/waterloo-wharf-brochure.pdf


Waterloo Wharf occupies a striking position and has stunning views of the Grand Union Canal, yet is situated
just a few minutes’ walk from Uxbridge High Street and it’s vibrant array of shops, restaurants, culture and
entertainment. When you want to venture further afield, you have the Piccadilly & Metropolitan lines on your
doorstep, getting you to Baker Street in as little as 36 minutes*. If you really want to spread your wings
further, Heathrow, by road, is less than 6 miles away.
Each studio suite and apartment has been intelligently designed to provide its residents with an enhanced
living style. Specifications have been selected for their timeless appeal and durability, living spaces planned for
optimum efficiency and many apartments benefit from their own private balcony or terrace, thereby offering
wonderful views of the canal and surrounding area.

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Abbotsford Court, Park Royal - was sold two years ago (2015)


2 bedroom apartment for sale Abbotsford Court, Park Royal, NW10

£449,000 / 751= Gbp 591 per sf

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Description : Map & Street View : Market Info

Key features
  • 999 Years Lease
  • Off plan opportunity
  • 2 Bedroom, 4th floor
  • Completion Est. Spring 2016
Full description

Tenure: Leasehold

Montgomery & Slate are proud to present this 2 bedroom apartment 2 bathroom in the upcoming Abbotsford Court in the Royal Waterside development situated in Park Royal NW10. This impressive 751 SQ FT apartment is due to be completed Spring 2016.

Situated within one of London's newest regeneration areas, Royal Waterside is set within London's Park Royal, known for its open wide spaces. London residences are proud to offer a selection of stunning and modern apartments designed and built by one of the UK's Premier and award winning developers, Red Row. Royal Waterside is ideally positioned with the heart of First Central, one of London's most exciting regeneration locations.

Located within a relaxing and peaceful 20 acre nature reserve, Royal Waterside is one of West London's finest residential developments ideally located for easy access into the heart of London via the A40, and wonderfully positioned offering to London's Heathrow airport which is only a short drive away. Both Hanger Lane and Park Royal underground stations are only a short stroll away offering direct and quick access into Central London most fashionable areas.

More information from this agent

: Brochure : Gallery : Enlarged map

Listing History: Added on Rightmove: 07 May 2015



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Bellway's First Central - in Park Royal


Park Royal industrial zone is reinventing itself as a place to live. As well as good road and train links, a branch of the Grand Union Canal passes through it, providing an opportunity for waterside living. For many years, Guinness used the canal to transport barrels to Paddington for distribution to pubs.

And for Zone 3, it is cheap, with two-bedroom flats about half the price of the London average. Redrow's Royal Waterside has 265 apartments alongside a 20-acre nature reserve with lakes, waterfalls, bridges and cycle paths. Prices from £352,500.

Developer Bellway has launched First Central, a scheme of 137 apartments priced from £289,995 (one bedroom) to £499,995 (three- bedrooms). A show apartment opens this weekend.


> May-2014: http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/buying/new-homes/park-royal-gets-reinvented-with-riverside-flats-at-royal-waterside-33761.html


: brochure: http://www.bellway.co.uk/Publish/DevelopmentBrochure/b5f1b771-ad13-47d4-b15b-a27600e86dcf/dev_b5f1b771-ad13-47d4-b15b-a27600e86dcf_First%20Central%20Magazine.pdf




Park Royal tube station, served by the Piccadilly Line, can be reached via a pedestrian bridge and offers journey times of just over half an
hour into Leicester Square at the heart of the capital. Around ten minutes walk away...
Hanger Lane station also affords you access to the Central Line. By road, the A40 is within easy reach and provides convenient links to the North Circular or the M40, while the M1, M4 and M25 are all within 15 minutes of home. For journeys further afield, Heathrow Airport is just over 12 miles away.



Park Royal NW10 7HQ :



£430,000 / 775 sf = Gbp 555 per sf : PDF-file :

Offering great value, a fifth floor 775 sq ft two bedroom apartment with secure parking, available for off-plan investment sale in First Central for completion and the end of the year.


A new landmark address in West London, First Central gives you the very best of modern luxury living: style, sustainability and comfort.
This superb collection of one, two and three bedroom homes is poised on the doorstep of some of London's most sought after neighbourhoods, and nestled amidst one of the city's most inventive and immersive green environments. Reassuringly high specifications give the homes a relaxed elegance, which is accentuated by generous proportions and abundant natural light.
Available with 250 year leasehold. Pictures are CGI images for representation

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London prices are heading south. No need to catch a falling knife. - T.


Yeah, I agree with that.

In a sideways or up market, these developments look pretty interesting

And at GBP 500 per sf (or so), I am tempted, since I think Crossrail will be a long term positive


Does anyone know how much a Crossrail ride across London will cost

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