VISITING QUICKTEST

APPOINTMENT: if you wish to drop by, you will need to make an appointment so we can ensure that staff have time available to assist you. We operate from a unit on an industrial estate, not a shop, not even a showroom, so it may not be possible for you to browse alternatives or have demonstrations. However, you will be encouraged to open and check the items, to make sure that they are suitable for your needs. If you are calling to sell us second hand / antique items, please bring identification.

PARKING: see if you can park outside our door, or close to it. You will have ten minutes of free parking before getting a parking ticket (the fine is £100.00). If you think you will be more than 10mns, you can get a visitor's pass from reception at the front of the building. There are no parking restrictions before 9am, after 5pm or at any time on a Sunday. On a Sunday, if the main gate is locked, park outside and walk through.

PAYMENT: Cash is preferred. Or make a bank transfer using your own mobile device, the money usually arrives within five minutes (about five seconds if you use HSBC) but officially it can take up to two hours. No credit / debit cards or cheques, sorry.

EMERGENCY: take a printout of the directions and/or a printout of the map and/or the postcode for your satnav. Also take a phone in case you get lost, and our number 01923 220206.

The remainder of this page is quite long, you may wish to jump to the following sections:

If you have a sat nav
Including how to find our unit, once you've found the building

Quicktest address and map
If all you want is to look at a map

Where are we? How to find Quicktest on a map
If you have your own map and just need to know where to look

Directions to Quicktest for locals
If you know the area, don't need a map, you just need to know where we are

Directions for the last half mile
If you are quite confident of finding the road into the business parks, but aren't sure what to do next

Directions by public transport
From Watford Metropolitan Line (London Underground), Watford Junction (London Overground / National Rail) or Watford High Street (by bus)

Directions by foot or bicycle
From Watford Metropolitan Line (London Underground) and from Watford Junction Station (mainline from the North of England to London Euston).

 

SAT-NAV. - printable sat-nav instructions

WD18 8PH, No.19 (Park House..but the sign outside now reads Flexspace).

Full address is 15-19 Greenhill Crescent. Can't find the building? Park House will be on your LEFT, it is after Pennings but before Citroen (both on your right). It is the only three-storey office block in the street. From a distance you can see a big transmitting mast on top of the building (look to your left, look upwards). Outside is a green sign FLEXSPACE, TO LET. Above the main entrance are the words FLEXSPACE. RECEPTION. Fixed to the fence by the main entrance is a sign "Tony & Maria's Cafe". The nearest turning (opposite) is Caxton Way. Still can't see the building? Give up and go home. Or if you are about to give us a lot of money, call 01923 220206.

- Parking

Before you spend time hunting for a parking space, see if you can park outside our door, or close to it, you probably can. You will have ten minutes of free parking before getting a parking ticket (the fine is £100.00). If you think you will be more than 10mns, you can get a visitor's pass from reception at the front of the building. There are no parking restrictions before 9am, after 5pm or at any time on a Sunday. On a Sunday, if the main gate is locked, park outside and walk through. Please note, we are closed on Saturday.

- Directions to our unit

Turn left immediately after the sign on the fence "Tony & Maria's Cafe" and immedi
ately before the green sign FLEXSPACE, TO LET. Continue past the cafe and turn right at the end. You are now in the back car park, driving along the back of the building.

We are near the end of the car park (100 yards away)

Drive slowly, past entrance C (you are now 50 yards away)

Sticking out into the car park is Unit 7 and (look up) the sign QUICKTEST
- ignore the roller shutters unless you are delivering heavy goods
- ignore the next door unless you are a courier collecting parcels
- the next door will be open* (QUICKTEST logo on the door) - walk in

* unless we're closed, then the door will be closed.

 

ADDRESS AND MAP

Address is Quicktest, Park House, Greenhill Crescent, Watford Business Park, Watford, WD18 8PH.  
(Click on map: 'A' marks our location)

 

DIRECTIONS FOR THOSE WHO PREFER MAPS TO SAT-NAVS

BY ROAD / FOR OUT-OF-TOWN-ERS

You will need a road map that includes the London / Hertfordshire area. Find London. Now move your eye North West and find Watford. If you can see Harrow you're nearly there, if you're looking at St Albans, Hemel Hempstead or Amersham you've overshot. Have you found Watford? Now find Croxley - this is on the A412, west of Watford, half way between the centre of Watford and the centre of Rickmansworth.  

Landmarks to ask for if you get lost and are 'somewhere in Watford' - the hospital and football stadium.

Landmarks on map:
- bridge over the canal
- new housing development (site of fire station until 2013, will still be marked Fire Station on older maps)
- double roundabout.

Landmarks to ask for if you know think are very close:
- Harvester pub-restaurant (on the next roundabout towards Croxley)
- Brewers Fayre / The Rising Sun / Premier Inn (all the same building) is by the short dual carriageway that leeds into the business parks
- Big Yellow Self Storage (next to The Rising Sun)
- Royal Mail Delivery office (1/4 mile past Quicktest), ask a postman.

It is the double roundabout you are aiming for, especially the smaller of the two with the word CROXLEY around on it.

What next?  ...please scroll down to THE LAST BIT

IF YOU HAVE A ROAD MAP OF THE M25 AREA

Watford is inside the M25...but only just.  The M25 loops tightly round three sides of Watford so please look at the map - if you approach from the South use Junction 17 or 18, if you approach from the North West or North use Junction 19 or 20, if you approach from the East use Junction 21a. We are approximately 4.5 miles from each of these junctions.  Similarly, the A41 loops round two sides of Watford, look at the map or you could add 15mns to the journey.  From the M1 leave at either Junction 5 or 6. From the A1(M) I recommend that you leave at J3 onto A414 and follow the signs to the M1 (you will join M1 at J6 and leave it at J5).

BY ROAD / FOR LOCALS

From Watford. Watford Business Park (adjoining Croxley Business Park) is best approached from the Rickmansworth Road, the double roundabout is the first roundabout after the underpass.

From Bushey via Bushey Arches or from Northwood via the NATO ('Warrior') base. Turn west into Deacons Hill / Wiggenhall Road, ahead at the ights (new road junction, opened 2016), over the bridge at the lights, follow left into Vicarage Road, over the pedestrian lights, right at the traffic lights, road bends left, road bends right, ahead at mini roundabout,  left into the main road at lights.  You should now be in Whippendell Road. At the roundabout follow the signs to the Business Parks onto the dual carriageway.

From Rickmansworth via Watford Road. Aim for the roundabout after Croxley station.

From St Albans take the North Orbital then A412 / St Albans Road all the way.  Alternatively take A411 / Hempstead Rd and join A412 / Rickmansworth Road at the Town Hall roundabout.

Do not confuse Watford Business Park with the industrial estates off Tolpits Lane - you cannot reach Watford Business Park from Tolpits Lane (there is a footpath, but there is no way for cars).

THE LAST BIT

At the double roundabout aim for the roundabout marked CROXLEY and follow the signs Croxley and Watford Business Parks and Business Parks, onto a short dual carriageway. 

The dual carriageway is fast but very short. Happy? Skip this paragraph. No dual carriageway? Read this: If (eastbound) you negotiated the double roundabout but are now on a single carriageway A-road signed Town Centre, turn round. If (westbound) you went round the CROXLEY roundabout but missed the dual carriageway, turn round. Either way, once you have turned round, follow the signs Croxley and Watford Business Parks and Business Parks.

At the roundabout at the end of the dual carriageway (at the Toyota garage) take the second exit, and at the next roundabout 1st exit (signed Watford Business Park).  

You are now in Greenhill Crescent, map  

- Summary

Park House is the seventh building on the left (but the landlords have helpfully removed the signs that read, "Park House" and replaced them with signs that read "Flexspace"). When you see Pennings on your right, you are getting close so slow down. We are opposite No.20. Our door is on the back car park.

IF YOU HAVE GONE TOO FAR AND COME TO (ON YOUR RIGHT) CITROEN, SCROLL DOWN TO, "MISSED 1, 2, 3" BELOW.

- Detail

After you have taken 1st Exit into Greenhill Crescent, Park House is the seventh building on the left, like this (all on the left):

- Renault
- Volvo
- KarTek
- Kenwood plc
- Applewade
- Prism
- Park House (but the landlords have renamed the building Flexspace).

Park House is the only 3-storey office block in the street, a green sign reads FLEXSPACE, TO LET (and above the main door: FLEXSPACE. RECEPTION), a sign on the fence reads “TONY & MARIA’S CAFE”

- The last few yards

Turn left into Flexspace Gate 1, along the side of the building between the flag advertising the cafe, and the main door (marked Reception). Go past the cafe, towards the skips at the end. When you get to the end (by the skips) turn right.

Continue
past entrance C then, ahead of you, sticking out into the car park: "7" and "QUICKTEST"
- ignore the roller shutters unless (park here if you are delivering heavy goods)
- ignore the next door (warehouse side door)
- the next door is the office, clearly marked QUICKTEST. If the door is open, walk in.
If the door is shut and locked, we are closed.
- if you can't park outside the office, continue up the slope and park in the next car park, it's all part of Park House.

IMPORTANT: SUNDAYS:
If the main gate (Gate 1) is padlocked, park outside and walk through.

MISSED 1

IF YOU HAVE MISSED FLEXSPACE GATE 1 (the Citroen garage is now on your right)

Just at the end of the Citroen garage but before you get to Greenhill House (also on your right) turn left into Flexspace Gate 2.
At the end turn sharp left down the slope.
We are 20 yards on your left, QUICKTEST above the door.

MISSED 2

IF YOU HAVE MISSED GATE 2 AND HAVE CONTINUED TO GREENHILL HOUSE (ON YOUR RIGHT):

Greenhill House is now on your right, a smaller building (The Innovation Centre) is on your left, now go slow!
Turn left into Flexspace Gate 3
and at the end turn left
and continue ahead, to the end of the car park, then down the slope,
we are 20 yards on your left, QUICKTEST above the door.

MISSED 3

IF YOU HAVE MISSED GATE 3 AND HAVE CONTINUED PAST WATFORD ENTERPRISE CENTRE ON YOUR LEFT:

Follow the road (now one-way) all the way to the end (1/2 mile).
Turn left into Greenhill Crescent then immediately right into Flexspace Gate 1.

IF YOU COME TO THE ROUNDABOUT WHERE YOU CAME INTO THE BUSINESS PARK you are not following my instructions, have you thought of giving up and going home?

 

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

SUMMARY (see train map)

There are two stations and they are in different parts of town: Watford Underground from Baker Street (43mns) or Watford Junction from Euston (fastest train 15mns, slowest train 1hr 10mns).

Watford is included in London's TFL Journey Planner. There is also a website for public transport in Hertfordshire which includes bus timetables. If you're coming from another part of the country, see the National Rail Journey Planner. Other useful links: Tube map - TFL - Live travel information.

DETAIL

Watford Underground (we say, "Watford Met." because it's on the Metropolitan Line). From Baker Street 43mns (through-trains from the City at peak times). Providing you get a Watford train you can't get lost, Watford is the end of the line.
Cab (5mns)
: there's a cab office, turn right out the exit, it's by the side of the station. Bus (10mns): the bus stop by the station is for the W30 which goes to our door, every half hour in peak times. Walking (20mns): scroll down for directions.

Watford Junction. From Euston traveling north: National Rail (fastest is 15mns) or London Overground (1hr 10mns), both go from the same group of platforms at Euston, just take the train with 2 or 3 stops rather than the train with 18 stops. If you're traveling south, it's the line from Glasgow, Crewe and Birmingham. Cab (10mns): turn right out of the exit. Bus: turn left out of the exit (you'll see it, big bus station), the W30 goes to Watford Underground then to the Business Parks (and stops outside our block) every half hour in peak times. Failing the W30, it's best to go from the town centre: walk south down Clarendon Road (the road outside the station, 15mns) then get any bus from Stop D (see the bus stops) to the double roundabout at the entrance to the Business Parks, then it's a 15mn walk - all a bit slow and painful but the bus fare is £2 compared with £8.00 for a cab. Walking: fastest route 50mns, prettiest route 60mns (scroll down for directions).


BY FOOT (from Watford Met. Station) or by BICYCLE

From Watford Metropolitan Line Station the walk takes me 20mns; my colleague says it takes him 18mns; if you walk very slowly it could take 25mns.

Turn left out of the station [Cassiobury Park Avenue] 
first left into Swiss Avenue
and at the junction follow the pavement to the left, into Gade Avenue.

At the end, turn right onto the main road, the Rickmansworth Road (you can cut the corner off by taking the footpath across the green) towards the roundabout.

You are half way there.

Follow the pavement to the left until you see a second roundabout, marked CROXLEY, and beyond it a big yellow building, a derelict clock tower (now behind hoardings) and a low railway bridge.

Cross the road (Whippendell Road) and aim for the bridge (cyclists join the cycle path here). Pass under the bridge. Fascinating facts: to your right was to be the new Ascot Road station, originally due to open in 2017, opening then postponed until 2020, then the entire project was abandoned; to your left they are building a housing estate
(the old Royal Mail Sorting Office was demolished in 2018). A few yards further on (if you haven't been here for a few years, this will all look unfamiliar!): new road junction and Morrisons (completed 2013); new school (completed 2015).

At the road junction you will see that straight ahead is a dead end (for traffic) and to your right is a roundabout.

By foot: aim for the roundabout (road sign reads BUSINESS PARKS)
and at the second roundabout follow the pavement round to the left (road signs reads WATFORD BUSINESS PARK).

By bicycle: instead of turning right towards the roundabout, continue ahead, alongside the edge of Morrisons At the end of the road turn sharp right, through the posts (the side of the Citroen garage will be on your left), and at the end (about 200 yards) turn left into the main road (Greenhill Crescent). If you get this far and don't see the Citroen garage and do not come to the industrial estate, don't keep going, turn back to the junction of paths and try again.

You are now in Greenhill Crescent. Park House is the seventh building on your left if you are walking (or fifth if you followed the cycle path) with RECEPTION in bold letters above the main door (you are getting close when you see PENNINGS on the right...but please remember, Park House will be on your left).  It is easy to spot because it is the only 3-storey office block, and it has a huge transmitting mast on the roof.

BY FOOT (from Watford Junction Station)

This is the way I go (47mns):
Turn left out of the station and stay on Clarendon Road (follow it to the right, looks like 'right fork' to non-drivers)
Over the small main road (St Johns Road); over the large main road (Beechen Grove)
and at the end turn left into High Street (pedestrianised).

First right into Market Street
Continue ahead at the crossroads
At the end turn right into Cassio Road
then immediately left, by Ikky's, into Victoria Passage.

Ahead at crossroads (school on right)
At the end follow the road right (no choice)
Left into Pretoria Road.
At the very end turn left into Chester Road.
Ahead at the crossroads (still Chester Road)
Ahead at the crossroads (becomes Belgrave Road)
At the end turn right into the main road.

At the mini roundabout turn left into Tolpits Lane.
At the pedestrian lights turn right into Croxley View.
At the sharp left bend (by No.166) turn right onto the footpath signed Watford Business Park.
At the junction of paths fork left towards the road (after 50 yards Renault will be on your left, if not, you've gone the wrong way), and at the end turn left into Greenhill Crescent. Park House is the seventh building on your left
(for detailed instructions for the last few hundred yards, scroll up or click here).


Here is a simpler simple route (52mns) along the main road (A412 / St Albans Road - Rickmansworth Road):
Outside the station cross the road and turn right. At the lights at the BIG main road turn left (St Albans Road). You can't go straight ahead at the roundabout, so either follow the pavement to the left, cross at the lights and walk back, or you can cut the corner off like this: when you cross at the pedestrian light, continue ahead into Albert Road South; continue ahead (do not follow the road to the left) to the very end and turn right. You will be by the ponds. No ponds? You are very close, don't just keep walking, ask someone! Past the ponds, keep left, turn left into the main road. The main road has now changed name to Rickmansworth Road. Over the cross roads (crossing Hagden Lane); turn left into Cassiobridge Road; at the end (by Budgens) turn right and cross the road; just before the roundabout turn left, past the big yellow building and under the low railway bridge (Ascot Road); ahead at the road (dead end, by the side of Morrisons) and at the very end turn right towards the buildings of the industrial estate; turn left into Greenhill Crescent (Renault on the corner); Park House is the seventh building on your left (for detailed instructions for the last few hundred yards,
scroll up or click here).

A variation (57mns) is to walk through the park, it's very pretty, if you like walking it's worth the extra 5mns:
Outside the station cross the road and turn right. At the lights at the BIG main road (road name opposite reads St Albans Road) cross the road and turn left.
After 5mns
you will find that the underpass is in the way, so keep right (parallel to the main road, and I recommend you take this map with you), cross The Avenue at the subway, as you leave the subway continue ahead to library (look up to your left), walk round the library to its main entrance and cross the road, continue to the main road, turn right (you're now back on the main road).
After 3mns t
he park will be on your right, just past the Colosseum between Peace Drive and Cassiobury Park Avenue (see arrow on map). There are two paths into the park, take the left fork; turn left by the house with the picnic benches (Cha Cha cafe); ahead and turn right onto the road; Watford Metropolitan Line Station will be on your left, follow directions, above, from Watford Met. Line Station (for directions click here).

 

BY BICYLE (from the stations)

There's a good map of cycle paths, print it on A4 paper, Greenhill Crescent is 1.75 inches from the left and 1.5 inches from the bottom.

For Watford Junction Station follow the black railway line on the map, just North of the town centre. I haven't cycled this journey myself, I estimate it should take 15 to 20mns.

From Watford Met. station (from the bottom left corner of the map look North, the second railway line shows Croxley then Watford Met.) the cycle journey is about 7mns. The risk of death along the main Rickmansworth Road is high, please cycle to the end of Gade Avenue and across the green (Cassio Common), then cross the double roundabout on foot, then continue along Ascot Road (see the cycle map or see my directions above).

 

 


QUICKTEST, Watford, WD18 8PH, Tel. 01923 220206, email info(at)quicktest.co.uk