- For the Australian football stadium of the same name see Bluetongue Stadium
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The estate is named in honour of Claude Grahame-White, the pioneer of aviation who established the original aerodrome and aviation school on the site.
The building of the estate was a joint project between the Greater London Council and Barnet Council. The plan was approved by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government in 1964, and the first family moved in on 23 October 1971. Sir Roger Walters was the Chief Architect and Gordon Wigglesworth was the Housing Architect.
A typical characteristic of the estate was the plain, square, brick terraced houses and long winding low-rise flats, with flat roofs, also known as "Brick Brutalist" style. Most building names, walkways and roads on the estate have names linked to the aviation history of the site.
It lies on the eastern side of 'Grahame Park Way', a typical 1970s-planning-style collector road (for traffic) which runs down the eastern side of the estate, parallel to the Midland Main Line (Thameslink) railway, and beyond that, the M1 Motorway.
The estate became the sole site of St. James Catholic High School in 1996.
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London Underground Colindale station, on the Northern line Edgware branch, is within comfortable walking distance of at least the south-east corner of the estate. The next tube station north, Burnt Oak is also accessible. Mill Hill Broadway Thameslink station lies to the north, a bus ride away. Several bus routes run into, or near the estate.
In the late 1980s, the estate went through its first regeneration process, which split the blocks of flats into smaller blocks, by removing connecting walkways, and added pitched roofs to many of the buildings.
In 2007 a web-site was launched by Countryside Properties, renaming part of the redevelopment as "New Hendon Village".
Colindale, including Grahame Park, has been designated by the Mayor of London in his London Plan as a 'proposed area of intensification'. As a result, Barnet Council designated a 'Colindale Area Action Plan' (AAP) and carried out public consultation events. The Council has finalised its preferred plan in mid-2009, and it will be examined at a public hearing by the Planning Inspectorate, for anticipated approval by the Council in 2010.
In early 2008, the London Group of the Campaign for Better Transport published a plan for an (unfunded) orbital light-rail service, the North and West London Light railway, through or near to Grahame Park.
- Video of RAF Museum
- RAF Museum web site
- London Borough of Barnet Grahame Park Regeneration Homepage
- New Hendon Village Web-Site
- Colindale Area Action Plan (search on this web site for other web pages as well)
- London Campaign for Better Transport North and West London light railway (NWLLR) / Brent Cross Railway (BCR) plan