Construction has commenced this week on Sainsbury’s flagship store in Hendon, in partnership with developer, St George.
The 43,000 sq ft Silk Park development is expected to support over 500 jobs during the total 10-year build programme.
It will have undercover parking for over 250 customers, 1,309 homes, and a 1.5-acre public park with play space for families. The partnership will also deliver 10,000 sq ft of flexible commercial space for cafés, restaurants, office space or a gym.
Creating a new green corridor for Hendon, the historic Silk Stream will be opened up to deliver a biodiversity net gain for existing and future residents to enjoy. Pedestrians will also benefit from wider footpaths and landscaping on Edgware Road.
Over the past six months enabling work has taken place to prepare the site for the major development, including creating a new access road, installing a new decked car park, demolition of the petrol filling station and extensive drainage diversion works. The supermarket has remained open to customers, with minor alterations including changes to the store layout and new pedestrian entrance and exit.
Sainsbury’s Property Director Patrick Dunne said: “This partnership gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to play our part and work with the Hendon community to ensure it thrives. We’re proud of investing in the local area to deliver parks and green space, more housing and amenities. This new development is supporting new and ongoing jobs, and will give our customers and colleagues a new and modern flagship store.
“We have an ambitious property agenda and continue to partner with developers to regenerate local communities and invest in state-of-the-art stores to best serve our customers. Our mixed use development plans set communities up for the future, and mean we can extract value to reinvest into our business.
Marcus Blake, Managing Director at St George City: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Sainsbury’s to deliver this important new development for Hendon.
“Silk Park reflects our commitment to investing in communities and creating sustainable neighbourhoods through improved biodiversity and more accessible green spaces, state-of-the-art amenities and much-needed new homes and jobs for Hendon and the wider London area.”
Since 2009, Sainsbury’s has been redeveloping sites of existing stores into mixed use schemes to create new homes, provide greater choice for customers and regenerate local communities. Almost 2,000 homes have been delivered in recent years, including at Nine Elms and Fulham, with future plans for up to 7,000 more homes across London.
St George is a member of the Berkeley Group, which regenerates brownfield land. The company notes that its live sites will deliver 12,700 mix tenure homes, 1 million sq ft of commercial floorspace, and 49 acres of public open space.