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Northwood Hills improvements

Modernising Joel Street and supporting local businesses. Completed December 2014.

The Northwood Hills project received £1.3 million investment from the GLA and £461,000 match funding from Hillingdon Council. The high street in Northwood Hills has been restored as a gateway to north-west London's unique green spaces and heritage. Shop fronts and public spaces have been rejuvenated to make the centre more attractive and encourage local people to make better use of it. The 'Metroland' history is celebrated through an impressive mural.

The Northwood Hills project delivered a comprehensive public space scheme which has rejuvenated the town centre. The scheme included a series of improvements to roads and transportation arrangements. Joel Street has been resurfaced and the parking bays redesigned to allow safer entry and exit onto the high street. A new central boulevard has been introduced which allows for safer crossing and it has been planted with 35 trees to provide an attractive feature. In addition, a bus stop has been relocated closer to the station to improve public transport connections and the station forecourt has been upgraded.


The council engaged mural artists to decorate both sides of the road bridge over the railway near the station. There are three components to the artwork which make up Europe's longest enamel mural. The first on the station entrance wall is a reproduction of a well known 1930s Metroland poster for Northwood Hills.

The two other murals on the bridge complement this theme whilst integrating ideas from the local community, the topography, views and abundance of greenscape in the area. The artwork was developed in consultation with ninety students from six local primary and secondary schools who also had an opportunity to display their own artwork at an exhibition within Northwood Hills library held in January 2014.

        Northwood Hills mural 2       Northwood Hills Mural complete 1   

Shop front grants

Funding was also used to offer shop front grants to improve the appearance of 35 shops in Northwood Hills, including new windows, signage and fascias with a 20% funding contribution from local businesses. Alongside these renovations, retail specialists International Visual offered advice and support to traders, covering visual merchandising and customer service.

The key improvements completed in Northwood Hills town centre include:

  • 4,382m² of new paving laid
  • 5,314m² of carriageway resurfaced
  • 35 Shop Front grants awarded at a total cost of £129,623 (average grant £3,703) and the businesses themselves contributing £61,652 (48%)
  • 90 shops taking part in visual merchandising training and workshops
  • 9 new businesses occupying empty premises; 3 shopfront grants awarded to new businesses
  • 10 apprenticeships offered through local promotions (in partnership with Uxbridge College)
  • five events co-ordinated to promote Northwood Hills town centre including 'Independents Day' which was commended in the Best Campaign to Support Local Trade at the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards 2013

For a summary of the transformation of Northwood Hills look through our  Northwood Hills improvements leaflet [5Mb]

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