Thank you to all those who took part in our previous consultation for the Alcove at the Rockery last year. Over recent months, we have been reviewing our design approach to provide a more open and active landscape and improve access to the Silk Stream. We have held discussions with planning officers on our revised proposals and are currently reviewing the latest feedback provided.

Our public consultation is now closed. However, you can still access our latest consultation boards below, and provide your thoughts and ask any questions you may still have by contacting TheJem@kandaconsulting.co.uk

Jem exhibition boards – March 2024


Current site

The site is located between Hyde Estate Road and the Silk Stream River.

The existing site is comprised of a car sales centre with ancillary facilities and services.

Hyde Estate Road offers direct access to the Site. The road is accessed from Edgware Road which is a key route running from central London to Edgware.

Site location


Site Location with Consented Neighbouring Development



Site history

Watling Street

Forming the main route near the site, Watling Street is an ancient Roman road from 48 AD with its route from London to Wroxeter forming much of the A5 Road.

Today, the stretch of the A5/Edgware Road along the Site is locally referred to as “The Hyde”. This street continues to be a growth corridor in modern times.


The Hyde

Two small hamlets were founded at the centre of the parish: Colin Deep and the Hyde, the later located on Edgware Road at its junction with Kingsbury Road. The Hyde was formed of a dozen cottages and farmhouses by 1597 with very little expansion until the early 19th century.


Natural Heritage

Minutes walk south-west of the Site sees significant natural beauty. As early as 1835 construction began on the Brent Reservoir. At inception the reservoir measured 28 hectares and by 1853 expanded to 160 hectares.

Today it measures at 68 hectares and is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). On the north-west shore lies the 9 hectare Welsh Harp Open Space park and nature reserve, established as a recreational area in 1965. The reservoir is a popular destination for sailing enthusiasts.

The 4 kilometre long Silk Stream brook that runs north-south, adjacent to the east boundary of the Site, is a tributary of the River Brent and joins at Brent Reservoir. The stream is a component of the Blue Ribbon Network and a site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade II. The name Silk is believed to derive from Sulh or Sulc, probably from the Old English for plough or furrow.


Industrial Heritage

Hendon has a unique history of industrial heritage. Of particular note was the Hendon Aerodrome, to the north of the Site, where aviation history was made between 1908 and 1968.

Between the years of 1926 and 1970, the land west and south of the Site were occupied by the Duple Coachworks, a leading British bus and coach manufacturer. At the height of the factory’s operation, 800 people were employed and the site produced 1,000 vehicles per year. They expanded into fuselage and military product manufacturing for the Halifax bomber and other needs during World War II.

During the period of industrial occupation, the Silk Stream has reduced and shifted away from the Site.

Future Opportunity

The ancient lines of the Silk Stream and old Watling Street sit disjointed with the contemporary urban grain left over from decades of industrial and enterprise growth.

Therefore, there is great opportunity to repair the natural and transport network interface with future placemaking.


Project Team

Our project team


Delta Properties is a UK based asset management and development company. Their property portfolio includes residential-led mixed use regeneration projects, office buildings, retail parks, shopping malls, and industrial and logistic centres. They deliver on quality while creating value for people and places

Studio Egret West design and curate places with compelling narratives and identities, cultivating sustainable communities that priorities the public realm and evolve over time.

DP9 is a leading independent, specialist planning consultancy based in London. Their work is wide ranging but is renowned for their involvement in delivering some of the most challenging and high-profile projects in and around London and the South East.

Kanda is a multi-disciplinary communications agency that is passionate about regeneration and place-making, using their breadth and depth of experience with communities, developers and decision makers to create the best places to live, work and visit.

Hoare Lea are problem solvers who care about how spaces make people feel when you step inside them and help bring buildings to life.

Whitby Wood is an independent, international and forward-thinking engineering consultancy, working across structural and civil engineering building design and urban infrastructure.

Caneparo Associates is an independent transport planning and highway design consultancy based in central London, and specialising in development planning work across the UK.

Contact us

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website on our proposals for the future of ‘The Alcove at the Rockery’.

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    Welcome to the consultation website for the Alcove at the Rockery. Our public consultation is now closed. However, you can still provide your thoughts and ask any questions you may still have by contacting TheJem@kandaconsulting.co.uk