Park Royal is an industrial zone in North West London, crossing the two London boroughs of Brent and Ealing. An important centre for UK industry and manufacturing since the early 20th century, Park Royal has provided employment to many first-generation immigrant populations living in neighbouring communities. Today in 2021, Park Royal manufactures one-third of all food consumed by Londoners and supports over 40,000 workers through a vibrant mixed industrial economy.
Despite intensive existing use, the area, together with the adjacent Old Oak Common, has become the focus of the UK’s largest regeneration and transport infrastructure schemes, set against the backdrop of a global health pandemic that has challenged structures of food production and distribution. Through a range of voices, brought together by May Rosenthal Sloan and Åbäke, this publication considers Park Royal’s crucial role, its heritage, its legacy and the importance of its workers, at this pivotal moment in its history.
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