A business park with surrounding leisure facilities, situated north of the Grand Union Canal and 1½ miles east of West Drayton.
A 350-acre site, previously derelict, was transformed in the late 1980s into a commercial science park, now regarded as the
foremost development on the ‘West London Corridor’. It provided one of London’s largest public parks and
open spaces to be created in the twentieth century and is touted as an example of what can be achieved by public/private partnerships
and at no cost to the local community. Architectural critics were divided over Stockley Park’s aesthetics, and some
industry commentators have called it ‘grim’ and ‘dreary’ – hardly what its creators intended.
The site changed hands several times after the project began. Nevertheless, the early occupiers’ list read like a who’s
who of high-tech – although some have since pulled out. The business area is set in a landscaped country park, with
an 18-hole public golf course. Plans for a rail link and a station, Heathrow North, to be based just outside Stockley Park
have not come to fruition but the park’s tenants have had some success in reducing vehicle usage through cycle-to-work
and car sharing schemes. Following a spate of late-night car cruising in 2002 security barriers were erected to prevent use
of the park as a through route, so the tree-lined boulevards are almost empty of traffic – except for under-used buses
and kids racing their bikes. And even at lunchtimes only a handful of workers take a stroll or make use of the green spaces.