H&F Council has opened a consultation on new plans to build a new cinema, redevelop Hammersmith Town Hall and regenerate that part of King Street.
“We ended the council’s agreement with the developers of the previous scheme (rainger and Helical Bar) after they told us that their proposals were not financially viable because of changes in market conditions,” says Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
“The developers told us this only after they had begun to demolish the cinema. Having considered their alternative proposals, we decided it was in the best interests of our residents to take a different path.”
The council’s new development partner is A2 Dominion, who have commissioned Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to work up a new scheme, whih could include a new cinema, “at least” 50 per cent genuinely-affordable housing, the demolition of the widely disliked Town Hall extension, a new public space in front of a restored Town Hall, flexible office space for business start-ups, a new arts quarter alongside new cafes, shops and restaurants, and improved green spaces to help link King Street to the riverside.
“In the summer, I set up the new independent Residents’ Town Hall Development Commission,” adds Cllr Cowan. “It’s made up of local people who have long campaigned against or taken an active interest in the different, previous Town Hall schemes. They are now working at pace alongside the Town Hall Project Team. We all hope to deliver a new scheme that will make Hammersmith proud.”
The council hopes to submit a planning application early in 2018, with construction beginning in the summer of 2018.