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TORN DOWN: Former bus depot and office demolished to make way for new housing

 Published on: 28th February 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

An Arriva bus depot and locally listed office space has finally been demolished ahead of its impending redevelopment into flats.

The site, located on the St Albans Road in Garston, now appears to be reduced to rubble, ready for work to start on a scheme of 127 homes, developed by London-based company Fairview New Homes, who bought the site for £10.1 million in early 2019.

A crane can be seen tearing down the remains of Marchwood House, which local councillors had once recognised as a ‘landmark’ building in the area.

The site had been empty since the closure of the bus garage park in 2018, having first opened six decades previously in the 1950s.

Originally, developers had earmarked the location for 165 new flats, but the ambitious plans were rejected by both a government planning inspector and Watford Borough Council.

The revised plans, which included a reduced number of apartments as well as 87 parking spaces, were approved in September of last year. The complex will now consisted of five buildings, the tallest of which will have five floors. 

It is unknown when construction of the housing is set to start. 

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