A relatively-short distance south-west of the capital city of London, a highly ambitious project is currently underway in the nearby country of Surrey which aims to create an entirely new village from scratch, comprising 1,700 homes and incorporating community facilities such as a school, retail areas, and an 85-acre country park. Progress on the site has so far been fairly swift, with the first phase of 108 residential properties in Upper Longcross hitting the market back in April 2017; residents have now begun to move into the new village. Plans for Lower Longcross, which will contain the majority of the village’s residential properties, have yet to be submitted.

It is however the most recent addition that has caught our eye, as the developers also plan to construct an 850,000sq ft office development to be known as Longcross park on a site next to the M3 in Chertsey, which will make up part of the wider 300-acre Longcross Garden Village. A 12,000sq ft “Discovery Building” will provide a focal point for the community, whilst also playing host to a coffee shop, delicatessen and studio space.

An artist's impression of Longcross Park   - Img: Surrey Advertiser
Office space at Longcross Park, which recently hit the market, is being sold on a pre-let basis, allowing future tenants a variety of options in the use of the buildings whether they wish to occupy a single building or an entire campus. While works are as previously stated well underway on the site in Surrey, it is expected to be around ten years before the project as a whole is completed.

Longcross Park and the Garden Village as a whole are a joint project between developers Crest Nicholson and Aviva Investors, who are banking on the site’s status as an Enterprise Zone to attract high levels of business. As an Enterprise Zone, Longcross Park will be subject to reduced business rates.

The project is expected to create around 5,000 jobs for the local community.

Tim Jones, development director for Crest Nicholson, said, “Longcross Park’s excellent location and comprehensive masterplan offers occupiers bespoke build-to-suit solutions for their office needs.”

Barry Hill, head of UK direct real estate at Aviva Investors, also commented, “Occupiers will benefit from excellent connectivity in addition to business rate exemption through our Enterprise Zone status.

“Surrey boasts an economy worth £37.5 billion and is home to some of the UK’s largest corporations in addition to a talented labour pool.

“Longcross is more than an office park or residential development – it is a new village offering a location to live, work, play and learn.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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