MoL behind David Lloyd Centre
A site on Uxbridge Road (David Lloyd/Fulwell) has been suggested as an alternative to Hospital Bridge Road. However, as well as being MoL, the Uxbridge Road site has the following additional planning policy restrictions which in reality make it an inferior location and prevent it being an option for Turing House School:
- Site of nature conservation importance
- Public open space
- Public rights of way.
Old NPL Buildings
This site was listed as an alternative option in our original proposal, and then became our 'Preferred Site' in December 2012. We identified some old buildings at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), because at the time they were under-utilised, and their future use had not been determined. Most of NPL’s science activities had been re-housed in modern facilities nearby. We suggested the location would provide an inspirational setting for our school, as well as being very good value for taxpayers.
However, we always remained cautious about our chances of securing the NPL site. As well as historical planning issues, and strong feeling from some neighbouring residents, the laboratory's director told us in July 2012 that the Government was conducting a review of their operations, and would probably need the old buildings for scientific use. This advice was echoed in a letter from the science ministry.
The results of the Government's review were published in November 2012 when the science minister announced his policy on the site's future use. Promisingly that announcement said that NPL's spare capacity was to be made available to others. Plans were later announced for a new laboratory on part of the NPL site, and when the details were published they indicated that the old buildings may be refurbished as offices as part of that development. In August 2013 it was confirmed that only scientific partners were being sought, inkeeping with the wider development of the site.