Shurgard Self-Storage, the international brand operated by real estate investment trust Public Storage Inc., has proposed to build a three-story storage facility in Waltham Forest, England. The targeted property at the intersection of Larkshall Road and Hickman Avenue in the Highams Park area is currently being used by a truck-driving school and is the site where an empty Focus DIY retail outlet was destroyed by fire in 2012.
The application submitted last month by Shurgard and DMWR Architects Ltd. said the development will "improve a dilapidated site which detracts from the surrounding area, respect the design of surrounding buildings, and create a clean and contemporary new development on the site," according to the source.
The facility will have closed-circuit television and feature landscaping with mature trees, the source reported.
Visibility of the facility along Larkshall Road would be limited due to hedges already in place, as well as additional trees and shrubs planned by the developer. The facility would also be built 20 meters from the main road, according to the source.
Shurgard operates 188 facilities in seven European countries, with approximately 10 million net rentable square feet. Based in Glendale, Calif., Public Storage has interests in 2,202 self-storage facilities in 38 states, with approximately 141 million net rentable square feet.