Borehamwood is commonly recognised as the home of TV & Film due to the location of the Elstree Film Studios since the 1920s, and more recently, the productions of ‘Eastenders’ and ‘Big Brother’. The sprawling, mostly residential area was widely developed in the late 1950s, and then another wave in the 80s and 90s saw the further construction of modern, affordable detached and semi-detached properties in ‘The Campions’, ‘Studio Way’, and ‘Kensington Way’. At the same time, the area in general took an upturn in the form of improved shopping and transport facilities, notably Tesco Extra and the rebuilding of the Thameslink station and bus terminal, as well as the Reel Cinema complex, and the Venue Leisure Centre. However, the last five years have seen a major regeneration and redevelopment particularly along the ‘Shenley Road corridor’ with the creation of several stylish and modern apartment blocks and budget hotels, together with improvements to the popular Boulevard retail shopping park which now boasts Debenhams, M&S Food, Next, Costa, Boots, WH Smith, Argos, Outfit and New Look, to name a few. The high street is now an eclectic mix of the ubiquitous Starbucks and Cafe Nero coffee shops, banks, building societies, small independent shops, a new Library and Community Centre, and towards the bridge that links Elstree, a buzzing cafe culture has become established, as a huge number of eateries are located here. Homes in the area are a mix of terraced, semi and detached properties, together with maisonettes and flat developments, many bordering or close to Greenbelt. Borehamwood has always been considered an affordable area for housing, and the addition of extensive shopping, leisure and travel facilities, together with a good selection of places of worship and schools, has ensured its popularity has endured.
Schools in Borehamwood
Cowley Hill Primary