The council last night granted planning approval for the development of high-quality new office space on Clarendon Road, which will host the new European headquarters of TJX Europe.
TJX Europe is the operator of the TK Maxx and Homesense retail chains. Approval was granted for the iconic development of a 12-storey landmark office building opposite Watford Junction station. The proposals form part of a creation of a campus for TJX UK, which will accommodate around 3,000 employees once complete.
The building has been designed by Sheppard Robson Architects, an award-winning architectural practice and will include three distinct buildings of seven, 10 and 12 storeys. A high-level living wall will cover 440m of the building’s exterior and provide a unique feature in Watford. The development includes improvements to the public realm around the building including green spaces and improvements to Verulam Passage.
The new building will include a basement car park for 100 cars and 210 bikes accessed from Verulam Passage. A small ground floor area is allocated for potential retail use, facing Watford Junction station.
A footbridge link over Clarendon Road to the existing offices at 64 Clarendon Road, which will form part of the new headquarters, was also approved.
The development site is within a designated employment area as part of the council’s plan to promote sustainable economic growth and reinvigorate Watford’s employment market by attracting and retaining high-quality office occupiers. TJX has been a major employer in Watford for the past 20 years.
The development will free up high-quality office space in other buildings on Clarendon Road and will potentially facilitate the redevelopment of the current headquarters at 50 Clarendon Road, which are in need of modernisation.
Cllr Peter Jeffree, Chair of the Management Development Committee, said:
“This landmark building will greatly improve the site and surrounding area and invigorate the local economy. Attracting investment in high quality office space is a priority for the council and we are pleased that TJX Europe continues to lead the way in highlighting Watford as an excellent location for other employers.”
The full planning application can be viewed at watford.moderngov.co.uk