Riverside plans approved

Riverside-Studios-proposals_432_tcm21-183291Plans to redevelop the Queens Wharf site, together with that of Riverside Studios, have been approved.

The Assael Architecture designed plans from developer Mount Anvil and Riverside Studios Trust to demolish and rebuild the Riverside Studios and Queen’s Wharf in Hammersmith are for a six to eight storey building with 165 homes and 8,633 square metres of commercial floor space for television and film recording studios, storage, dressing rooms, offices, a theatre, cinema, café, restaurant and bar. The scheme will also open up the riverside walk to the public.

RIVERSIDE queens wharf jan 2014The scheme has received mixed views from local residents and performers. Amongst those in favour are Bill Bailey, Alistair McGowan, Jack Dee and Jo Brand, who perform frequently at the studios, while actors Harriet Walter and Penelope Winton, artist Peter Blake, and currently local architect Richard Rogers have spoken out against the plans.

Cllr Mark Loveday, cabinet member for strategy and communication, said: “The site has been run down for some time but this plan brings the riverside and this area back to life. The new studios will continue to develop the arts in our borough and will attract even more first class acts to the borough than before. There will also be major community benefits from this scheme, with £3.2 million being spent on local transport, roads, parks, the riverside walk and playgrounds, health care, job opportunities and training, and education.”

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