The Commercial Park Group - a partnership between property developer John Baker and Sir Robert McAlpine - has secured planning permission for new 140,000ft² office buildings at Bromley Park. The permission will see the development of a new highly innovative and smart office park in the town that will help to shape the future of work and business in south-east England.
Following successful planning applications for Gatwick Park in Crawley and Haywards Park in Haywards Heath, The Commercial Park Group now has permission across its three business hubs to develop a portfolio of 2 million ft² of office space with an estimated value of €2.2bn (£2bn). As the first major office development in Bromley town centre in over 20 years, Bromley Park will offer hi-tech, intuitive, green and comfortable office space for progressive, modern companies who are looking for long-term leases. The plans for Bromley Park include a number of facilities, including a gym, cycle spaces and car parking, to enable employees to make the most of living and working in modern, vibrant Bromley.
John Baker, Chairman of The Commercial Park Group, commented: “We are delighted to have been granted planning permission for Bromley Park after the great success we’ve had progressing our Gatwick Park and Haywards Park schemes. In common with many industry commentators, we believe Bromley is an extremely attractive location for major companies, and we can now provide the kind of modern, green, hi-tech and well-connected office space that they are looking for. Times have changed. Workers want a more flexible lifestyle outside London – they would enjoy the opportunity to work closer to home. Our vision is to create a series of business destinations that offer community, conviviality and convenience. Bromley has a growing professional workforce that is well-connected. It is a prime destination for major companies to base their HQs. But there’s no office space. That is why The Commercial Park Group aims to provide modern, high-quality offices for major companies in attractive locations, while also giving workers a chance to improve their work-life balance."
Ian Dollamore, the founder and owner of Urban Infill Architects, added: “We’re focused on designing schemes that prioritise employee wellbeing. Part of that is simply about location: targeting strong regional markets like Bromley and allowing local workers the chance to work in greener environments and be closer to their families. These are not your typical modern offices. They will be amenity-rich with gyms, restaurants and communal spaces at their heart that improve the experience of coming to and spending time at work. They will also be green office spaces that provide healthy, natural environments that are welcoming, relaxing and optimise productivity.”