McLaren Living acquires Watford site for new BTR

McLaren Living acquires the Watford Police Station and Magistrates Court to deliver a new Build to Rent scheme.

Clarendon Road, Watford. McLaren Property has acquired the site to deliver a new mixed-use development | BTR News
Clarendon Road, Watford. McLaren Property has acquired the site to deliver a new mixed-use development.

Residential developer with a focus on Build to Rent and co-living – McLaren Living – acquires the Watford Police Station and Magistrates Court from the Police & Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, to deliver a new mixed-use development. Lambert Smith Hampton and Walter Cooper acted for the Police & Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire on the transaction.

McLaren Living plans to deliver a new mixed-use neighbourhood with approximately 300 Build to Rent homes, approximately 30,000ft² of commercial space., and publicly accessible open space and landscaping, including the retention of the existing trees along Clarendon Road.

McLaren Living will undertake a comprehensive programme of stakeholder and community engagement and maintain a collaborative approach throughout the design and planning process. The company intends to submit a planning application to Watford Borough Council in early 2024.

It is anticipated that Hertfordshire Constabulary will be vacating the site on Clarendon Road in December 2023 and relocating to new premises, followed by decommissioning works which will be completed in Q2 2024. 

“I am pleased to see this conditional sale has exchanged, and once completed will generate additional funding for the constabulary. The station on that site had reached the end of its economic life and it was no longer fit for purpose for the demands of officers and staff. Watford now has a new thoroughly modern police station in the town centre at 3 George Street.”

David Lloyd, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire

The 1.75 acre site is approximately 150m from Watford Junction Station, which benefits from fast, frequent services directly into London Euston. The site is also earmarked in Watford Borough Council’s adopted local plan for comprehensive mixed-use redevelopment.

“We’re really excited to have acquired such a great site, in the commercial heart of Watford, close to local amenities and with excellent connections to London. We’re looking forward to working with Watford Borough Council and the local community on our plans for Clarendon Road, to deliver a mixed-use neighbourhood, bringing forward much needed new homes for rent, along with high-quality commercial space.”

Matthew Biddle, Managing Director, McLaren Living