Hillingdon Area Guide
Hillingdon is one of outer London’s commercial hubs. It is home to Stockley Park, the UK’s original campus style business park, which remains popular with major multinationals. Today it hosts companies including GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Mitsubishi and Marks & Spencer. Uxbridge is also set to undergo significant expansion. Uxbridge Business Park, which is already home to major blue chip organisations, is being expanded with a further 105,000 sq ft of office space across two new buildings. The redevelopment of RAF Uxbridge will also deliver 1,300 new homes along with business and leisure space to create a new community in the area.
Hillingdon also connects London to the rest of the world with Heathrow Airport within its boundaries. The airport and surrounding area have been further highlighted as an Opportunity Area in the London plan with a target to deliver 9,000 new homes. The borough will soon be served by the new Elizabeth line (previously Crossrail) with stations at Heathrow, West Drayton and Hayes & Harlington opening when the route becomes fully operational in 2019.
Good to know:
- Hillingdon is home to Brunel University.
- It is the second largest of the London boroughs by area
- In October 2008, Hillingdon opened the country’s first playground designed specifically for disabled children.
- In December 2011, Ruislip Lido, which boasts one of London’s few beaches, celebrated its bicentenary. Surrounding the lido is the Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve, which provided timber for the building of Windsor Castle.