Chiswick Park

Chiswick Park, Hounslow/Ealing

A station, business park and (arguably) the neighbouring residential area on the Chiswick/Acton border

Chiswick Park - geograph-2408949-by-Lewis-Clarke

The orig­i­nal Chiswick Park was part of the Duke of Devonshire’s Chiswick House estate and lay well to the south, in what is now Grove Park. This area was the farm­land where Thomas Kemp Welch, inspired by the suc­cess of Bed­ford Park, tried in vain to cre­ate a gar­den sub­urb called Chiswick Park in the 1880s. Stave­ley Road now cov­ers the site of Chiswick Park Farm.

For rea­sons best known to itself, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Dis­trict Rail­way Com­pa­ny renamed Acton Green sta­tion Acton Green & Chiswick Park in 1887 and it became plain Chiswick Park in 1910. The most like­ly expla­na­tion is that the Chiswick name car­ried a greater cachet than Acton’s, as it still does. Good qual­i­ty ter­raced hous­es for the work­ing class­es began clus­ter­ing around the sta­tion from its incep­tion, in the area still more prop­er­ly known as Acton Green.

The Lon­don Gen­er­al Omnibus Com­pa­ny built its main­te­nance and engi­neer­ing works oppo­site Gun­ners­bury sta­tion in 1921 and the facil­i­ty employed 3,500 staff at its peak. Main­te­nance work trans­ferred to Elstree in 1956 and Lon­don Trans­port closed its engi­neer­ing oper­a­tion here in 1988, leav­ing the 30-acre site avail­able for rede­vel­op­ment as a dif­fer­ent kind of Chiswick Park. The Anglo-Nor­we­gian Kvaern­er Group has con­struct­ed twelve office build­ings, which will ulti­mate­ly accom­mo­date around 12,000 peo­ple in what is said to be the largest such project in Lon­don since Canary Wharf, although Padding­ton Water­side can also lay claim to this dis­tinc­tion.

The busi­ness park’s ten­ant pro­file is mixed but is aimed pri­mar­i­ly at the high-tech and new media sec­tors, includ­ing sev­er­al TV broad­cast­ers. The land­scap­ing pro­vides an ‘inner gar­den’, said to make ref­er­ence to both Monet’s paint­ings and to Chi­nese influ­ences of the 19th cen­tu­ry, while the ‘out­er land­scape’ is a sim­pler and more func­tion­al design that includes periph­er­al car park­ing and arte­r­i­al cor­ri­dors between the build­ings.

Postal district: W4
Station: District line (zone 3)
Website: Chiswick Park business park
* The picture of Chiswick Park on this page is adapted from an original photograph (though it looks almost as though it’s a CGI illusion), copyright Lewis Clarke, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is hereby freely permitted under the terms of that licence.