London Borough of Hillingdon

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The London Borough of Hillingdon (About this sound pronunciation ) is the westernmost borough in Greater London, England. It is home to London Heathrow Airport and Brunel University.



The borough was formed in 1965 from the Municipal Borough of Uxbridge, Hayes and Harlington Urban District, Ruislip-Northwood Urban District and Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District of Middlesex.

The councils involved were initially unable to decide upon a name, with Keith Joseph suggesting "Uxbridge" in October 1963, later revised to Hillingdon.[2][3]


The borough is split into two divides, North Hillingdon and South Hillingdon, the latter being home to large industrial units, while North Hillingdon remains predominantly an affluent and leafy part of London, with towns of Ickenham, Ruislip and Northwood boasting high incomes per capita, consequent of their popular setting for wealthy bankers and city workers.[citation needed]

British Airways is headquartered in Waterside, Harmondsworth, in Hillingdon.[4] The building officially opened in 1998.[5] Prior to the opening of Waterside, British Airways's head office was the Speedbird House.[6] BAA Limited has its head office in the Compass Centre on the grounds of London Heathrow Airport.[7] Cadbury plc has its head office in the Cadbury House in the Uxbridge Business Park in Uxbridge.[8] In 2007 Cadbury Schweppes had announced that it was moving to Uxbridge to cut costs.[9]

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