New technology to be embraced at Old Oak and Park Royal

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) has teamed up with an organisation that promotes technological innovation to ensure that all future development at the UK’s largest regeneration site embrace the latest high-tech innovations.

Old Oak and Park Royal in West London is set to be home to a vast High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station by 2026. The new station will be the size of Waterloo, handling 250,000 passengers a day and acting as a super hub between London and the rest of the UK, Europe and the world.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, launched OPDC in April to drive forward future regeneration of the site and deliver up to 25,500 homes and 65,000 jobs. As well as creating the standard-bearer for new sustainable neighbourhoods, it will also be an exemplar in ‘smart’ regeneration – embracing the latest technological advances to boost economic growth and quality of life.

In order to achieve ‘smart’ regeneration, OPDC is being supported by #HyperCatCity, a collaboration of leading technology providers. #HyperCatCity will work with OPDC to develop a smart strategy and come forward with solutions that will address urban challenges in the area. These challenges will likely include using technology effectively and securely to help plan, deliver and manage exceptional quality new developments and parks alongside exploring how streets and spaces should be designed to accommodate future transport modes such as driverless cars.

Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, said: “We need to make sure that the new part of London we are building at Old Oak and Park Royal not only looks good but works well for the people that live and work there. By embracing the latest high-tech solutions and teaming up with HyperCatCity we will be able to address social, economic and environmental problems and create a new suburb of the capital that we can all be proud of.”

Victoria Hills, OPDC’s Chief Executive Officer said: “We are delighted to join forces with HyperCatCity. Together we will explore and encourage technology, innovation and smarter approaches to help plan, design, build, and finance the UK’s largest regeneration project. In doing so it will help OPDC deliver broader goals to create an exciting and thriving place which is fit for the future, responds to climate, demographic, and urbanisation changes; that is resilient; and is somewhere where people enjoy and wish to live, work, play and visit. Where innovation and smarter technology can be used to deliver an end goal, that is what we’ll be encouraging.”

Justin Anderson CEO of Flexeye and a founder of #HyperCatCity commented, “#HyperCatCity is bringing together the best ideas from hundreds of large and small organisations to shape the smart strategy with the OPDC. “

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