The Challenge:

This is a challenging development involving the regeneration of heavily contaminated brown field land, significant ecological factors and major site abnormalities that need to be addressed by engineering and financial solutions. It involves significant stakeholder engagement with West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust and Watford Football Club.

Successful delivery of this complex project also involves the continual integration of technical, legal and financial factors across numerous interconnected development zones.

The Solution:

The project is being delivered through a 50/50 joint venture with Watford Borough Council. This allows both parties to develop the phases together, with the Council providing the land and Kier matching the value with equity. There is potential for the Council to also add equity.

The joint venture allows the Council to recycle land, participate in the development, receive a revenue return and provide a future revenue stream. The project consists of:

  • 750 residential units made up of 1, 2 and 3 bed flats, family housing and affordable housing
  • 86,000 sq ft of industrial space
  • 73,000 sq ft of retail space
  • 8,000 sq ft of leisure
  • 150,000 sq ft of office; and an
  • 80 bed Hotel
  • 1,450 space multi-storey car park 

The Impact:

The partnership will run for 15-20 years and is an excellent example of Kier Property’s ability to deliver complex mixed-use developments by working collaboratively with private and public sector partners.

This major mixed use scheme is being delivered through a Local Asset Backed Vehicle (LABV) - a mid/long term joint venture equity partnership between a public body and a private company as the investment partner.

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" The Health Campus is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It will deliver significant benefits to the town and gives a huge boost to our local economy at a time when other areas of the country are seeing reductions to public investment and services. "
Dame Dorothy Thornhill MBE Elected Mayor Watford Borough Council

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