The Commercial Park Group, a partnership between developer John Baker and leading building and civil engineering contractor Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, has secured planning consent for the re-development of BCL House, a key office building on Gatwick Road in Crawley.
The Commercial Park Group will redevelop BCL House to provide 60,000 sq ft of high quality office space, located just a 10-minute drive from Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second largest international airport. This is the second major planning consent The Commercial Park Group has achieved for its Gatwick Park project, following planning consent being granted in 2017 for the redevelopment of Northwood House, a building neighbouring BCL House on Gatwick Road, to provide 110,000 sq ft of new grade A offices.
John Baker, The Commercial Park Group, said: “Securing planning approval for the second phase of Gatwick Park is a great vote of confidence in our wider vision to create a brand new business hub in Crawley. Towns like Crawley, Haywards Heath and Bromley are continuing to grow in their attractiveness to major companies, driven by increased investment in regenerating these areas, and population growth in the south east, as talented professionals increasingly want to live and work in areas that offer more flexibility and affordability. These three locations will cater to this whilst attracting interest from international office occupiers.”
Gatwick Park is the most advanced scheme in a series of pioneering business hubs being developed by The Commercial Park Group across South East of England. The schemes are currently being developed in three strategic locations that boast large talented workforces, have excellent transport links, and are benefiting from large scale inward investment, migration and population growth.
In addition to Crawley, business hubs are also being developed by The Commercial Park Group in Haywards Heath and Bromley, and these schemes are known as Haywards Park and Bromley Park respectively. All three of the schemes within The Commercial Park Group’s portfolio aim to transform ageing commercial buildings and regenerate the surrounding streetscapes through a comprehensive and integrated approach to masterplanning. This approach will set a new standard for the kind of office accommodation available in these increasingly attractive locations to meet the needs of successful businesses from across the world. All masterplanning work in relation to The Commercial Park Group’s portfolio is being undertaken by Urban Infill Architects, led by Ian Dollamore.
In total, The Commercial Park Group’s portfolio will deliver 2m sq ft of office accommodation, valued at £2bn. The Group’s critical mass, and the scale of its development pipeline makes its portfolio the largest of its kind in the UK.
Ian Dollamore, founder of Urban Infill, said: “It’s great to be given the greenlight from Crawley Borough Council to proceed with the re-development of our second phase at Gatwick Park. Our design approach for BCL House focuses on creating an unrestrictive office environment that enhances the health and wellbeing of the people that work there, whilst setting high standards for environmental sustainability. We will take this same approach for our other schemes, creating visually inspiring and technologically advanced business hubs where people can arrive for work, feel inspired and be excited about the day ahead. This is an ambitious project that will set a local precedent for office design, and challenge market perceptions of how and where people work.”