85 ACRES OF AMAZING
Barry Hill is Head of UK Offices at Aviva Investors, and over the years he’s encountered pretty much any and every kind of development. Large and small; ambitious and conservative.
Few developments, however, have inspired the kind of enthusiasm that Longcross Park has engendered in Barry. “Really, it’s got it all,” he says, “and it’s still growing.”
“You’ve got an 85-acre country park – full of all beautiful open spaces and scenic walks – with these residential and business communities now breathing exciting new life into the area.
“For the residents, they’re getting – to use a well-worn phrase – the best of both worlds: the serenity of the countryside twinned with the on-demand amenities of urban living. You’re talking a train station and retail and restaurants on-site.”
“And for businesses, they’ve got the rare opportunity to design a luxurious bespoke office building, through the build-to-suit scheme. Plus, they’re within shoulder-rubbing distance of some of the UK’s major corporate HQs, and potentially getting hefty business-rates discounts” – because the scheme sits within the EZ³ Enterprise Zone.
And while Longcross Park can feel gloriously isolated from the wider world, that’s just a pleasant illusion, says Barry. “You’re actually extremely well-connected. You’re just a short drive from the M25, you’re 15 minutes from Heathrow, there are free shuttle buses to local destinations – and, best of all, there’s the dedicated on-site rail station.”