Oxford Business College planning to convert office space
One Brentside Park is on the right. Picture: Right Move
January 20, 2023
Brentford could be home to a business school if permission is given for the conversion of unused office space.
Oxford Business College, which is based in the city but not part of the University, has made an application for a change of use at One Brentside Park.
The building is one of four large units near the point where the River Brent passes under the A4 Great West Road. It was previously occupied by security firm Verisure until it moved its headquarters to North Tyneside.
The application does not require any changes to the building and surrounds other than the conversion of 5 car parking spaces into cycle parking. The 26,000 sq ft space is split over two floors.
One Brentside Park, Brentford. Picture: Right Move
There would be a maximum of 200 students at the site at any one time with 20 staff who would mainly teach business and management related undergraduate degrees. Oxford Business College was found in 1985 and describes itself as the first business school in Oxford. It is a private institution which now has four sites and caters to 8,000 students.
A submission with the application by commercial property agent Vokins asserts that, in the current environment, it would be impossible to relet the building as office space. It has remained vacant since Verisure left in 2020.
Vokins’ report says that there is a very large amount of alternative, better specified office stock in Brentford and elsewhere in West London.
Hounslow’s reference for the application is P/2023/0101.
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