Avison Young has been instructed by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to market the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow. The 14.85 hectare (36.70 acres) site will represent one of the largest and most unique development opportunities available to the London market in recent years.
In November 2016, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced that the Barracks was surplus to military requirements and would close in 2020, with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards relocating to alternative accommodation.
Since the announcement, DIO has been working closely with the London Borough of Hounslow, Historic England and other key stakeholders to formulate an adopted Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which supports a high-quality residential led development of at least 1,000 units to deliver much needed affordable and market housing to the area. The site also includes fourteen Grade II Listed buildings and the SPD will ensure these heritage assets are refurbished and enhanced to retain a strong identity reflecting the site’s military legacy.
Catherine Davies, Head of Estates for DIO comments “DIO and its advisors Avison Young and Wood have worked with London Borough of Hounslow and Historic England to produce an adopted supplementary planning brief which sets out clear and tangible boundaries for the redevelopment of the barracks. The brief allows for a residential led development of 1,000 plus residential units, employment and community space and involves the conversion of listed and heritage buildings, the retention of historic open space and new build opportunities. The release of the site allows for much needed housing including affordable housing to be developed.”
Barney Hillsdon, Principal at Avison Young and project lead comments “The scale and location of the site will ensure it appeals to a wide range of Housebuilders, Developers and Registered Providers. There is a real opportunity to create a high quality residential led development that integrates with the surrounding area.”