Lower Place

Lower Place, Brent

A canalside annex of Park Royal, the Lower Place name is little used except by a business centre on Steele Road

The Luxcrete building

Low­er Place was orig­i­nal­ly a farm near present-day Waxlow Road. The Padding­ton Canal, now part of the Grand Union Canal, was cut to the south of the farm in 1801.

The Cen­tral Mid­dle­sex hos­pi­tal began in 1903 as a work­house infir­mary, but has since been much extend­ed. The site has under­gone a major pro­gramme of rede­vel­op­ment, with an entire­ly new acute care hos­pi­tal, an office build­ing and more than a hun­dred bed spaces for key work­ers. Some allot­ments remain from Low­er Place’s agri­cul­tur­al days, along with a mix­ture of fac­to­ries, play­ing fields and insti­tu­tion­al build­ings.

McVitie’s began mak­ing bis­cuits at Waxlow Road in 1906. The site is now the third largest bis­cuit fac­to­ry in the world and is still expand­ing.

South of the canal, the indus­try is main­ly small-scale and the premis­es are unre­mark­able, except for the dis­tinc­tive­ly clad Lux­crete head office on Dis­raeli Road, shown in the pho­to above. Steele Road pro­vides access to the Grand Union Canal walk.

Postal district: NW10


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