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OUR STORY

THE MAKING OF WEMBLEY PARK

If you haven’t been to Wembley Park in a while you’re in for a big surprise.

Since we bought Wembley Arena (now called The SSE Arena) and the land around Wembley Stadium in 2002, we’ve worked hard to revitalise this 85-acre site. We’re over a decade into this long-term project, the most significant redevelopment of the area since the 1920s. Core to our development philosophy is a deep respect for Wembley Park’s world-famous heritage as a place of cultural, musical and sporting legend. Added to this we’ve created a wonderful place to shop, stay and enjoy every day. Our plans for the future take the vision of Wembley Park to a new level as a globally-significant and locally-loved London district.

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WEMBLEY PARK’S HERITAGE

Wembley Park has the indescribable quality of a place which has made history for generations and still does. Its heritage began in 1792 when it gained its name at the hand of a leading landscape designer. Since then its size and closeness to central London has made it the natural location to hold large-scale and nationally-significant events.


Wembley Park

Heritage in objects


Our historical information has been compiled by the Wembley History Society.

Want to find out more? Visit the newly-opened heritage centre at Willesden Green where The Heritage Team will be happy to help.


Wembley Park at a glance

TEN TOP FACTS ABOUT WEMBLEY PARK

Wembley Park at a glance

Wembley Park is an 85 acre site around the Stadium and The SSE Arena undergoing one of the most significant redevelopments in London today. Here is a quick round up of the top ten things to know.

A new destination: London Designer Outlet (LDO), opened in 2013 and is the first outlet centre within the M25. It has over 70 high street stores, restaurants, coffee shops and a 9-screen cinema.

A new four-star Hilton hotel with a spa leads a total of 1,400 hotel rooms  close to site – so come and stay!

Connectivity: the area has one of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK: homes and businesses have access to speeds upwards of 100mbs, with 1GB soon to be available.

Wembley Park is 9 minutes from Marylebone and 12 minutes from Baker Street. There are over 3,000 parking spaces on site.

Events: 3 million people a year come to see international football and concerts at the Stadium and 1 million music lovers come to The SSE Arena every year; however last year 5 million people came to London Designer Outlet to shop, eat and see a film.

Wembley Park hosts the X-Factor recordings and finals as well as the NFL international series and tailgate party in October and November. There are Wimbledon screens in summer and an ice rink in winter, both next to Wembley Stadium.

Great heritage: Wembley Park has hosted two Olympic Games (in 1948 and in 2012) as well as the 1966 World Cup, Live Aid and innumerable defining moments in musical history such as the Beatles’ last UK concert.

New public realm: there is 14,000m² of new public realm at Wembley Park, including tree-lined boulevards, squares and a new all-weather playpark.

Jobs: over 1,000 jobs have been created through London Designer Outlet, and the site hosts 3,000 professional workers at Brent Civic Centre and at the Football Association and Air France now headquartered in Wembley Park.

A new place to live and stay: 500 high quality apartments have already been built and there will be 5,000 once completed.


ON LOCATION (FILMS)

ON LOCATION WEMBLEY ON THE BIG AND SMALL SCREEN

Wembley Park is proud to have been the scene of multiple mysteries, exciting explosions and fiendishly fantastic fantasy… and today no one blinks an eye when another film crew draws up on site. That is because Wembley Park has such a long association with film and television.

Here’s the more films we’ve heard about so far:


WEMBLEY’S

FILM AND TELEVISION HISTORY

Between 1927 and 1955, the former Palace of Engineering housed Wembley Studios. During the 1930s, under the ownership of Fox, 60 films were made at Wembley, employing 220 people.

During the Second World War the Army Kinematograph Service and the RAF Film Unit made training films at Wembley. Ealing Studios filmed Ships with Wings here in 1941.

The last commercial cinema film made at Wembley was The Ship That Died of Shame (1955), another Ealing production.

In 1955, Associated-Rediffusion Television Studios took over Wembley Film Studio and went on to add a new £1,000,000 television studio called ‘Studio Five’, then the largest in Europe. It could actually be divided into two studios – 5a and 5b – by a 25-ton steel door which was lowered into place by a specially built device made from the traversing mechanism of a warship’s gun turret. It is still in use today.

The first production was An Arabian Night, starring Orson Welles. The studio also saw The Beatles film Around the Beatles, a special programme dedicated to the Fab Four filmed in Studio 5 on 28th April 1964.

Rediffusion lost its weekday franchise in 1968. London Weekend Television continued to use the studio, but much of the older part was demolished and Studio 5 declined, changing hands several times.

The studios were occupied by Lee Film Studios in 1977 or 1978, having been vacant for several years. Over the next two years Lee completely refurbished the studios. Films, TV programmes and commercials were all made here.

In August 1984 Lee acquired Shepperton Film Studios and moved out of Wembley. Then in 1993 Fountain Studios took over Wembley Studios and refurbished them, making TV programmes from 1994 and going on to win the Broadcast Award for Best Studio Facilities in 1999. Since then the studios have gone on to host some of the highest profile programmes on television.


The Future

Wembley Park has already been transformed over the last decade. Quintain’s £3.4billion regeneration of the 85-acre site to date has delivered a 350,000sq ft London Designer Outlet,  a four-start Hilton hotel, Brent Civic Centre, student accommodation with 600 apartments, 525 new homes, including 285 affordable apartments, as well as a £26million refurbishment of the listed 1934 Wembley Arena (now called The SSE Arena) with a £10million new public square creating a focal point for the area.

Quintain’s original 2004 planning permission was for the land immediately around the Stadium. However the team was able to buy more land north east of Engineers Way and adapt the scheme to provide more green space in Wembley Park and create a better layout of buildings, enhancing connectivity across the area.

Quintain is in the process of inviting the public to comment on proposals for the next stage in the development of Wembley Park, and to help shape this area which is fast becoming one of London’s new vibrant neighbourhoods.

Commercial uses will be focused to the west of the Stadium around the pedestrianised Wembley Park Boulevard and a quieter residential district is planned around a large new green open park.

The next phase of the scheme includes:

  • A three-form entry primary school which will cater for up to 630 pupils.
  • 4,000 more homes. All will have access to communal space as well as secure, underground parking. The homes will include a mix of tenures and include family-sized units as well as one and two-bedroom
  • Up to 1.5m sq ft of commercial space on Wembley Park Boulevard, this will include offices and retail, creating up to 7,200 new jobs and generating up to £16.8million additional spending in the local economy.
  • A seven-acre park with two multi-use games areas and a lake. The park will include clear routes through for pedestrians and cyclists and will provide a safe, welcoming place for people to relax and have fun.
  • Improved transport connections with a long-term solution for Wembley Stadium’s parking requirement, delivering 3,400 parking spaces on site.
  • Improvements to public transport, pedestrian crossings and cycle routes as well as improvement to transport options.

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