Ealing approves Galliford Try deal

Ealing Council’s plan to redevelop the 1.27 hectare (3.14 acres) site of Perceval House, their main office building in Ealing Broadway, has taken another step forward.

Galliford Try was appointed as the council’s preferred bidder for the scheme in July. Ealing Council’s cabinet has now formally decided to enter into a development agreement with Galliford Try, whose proposal involves building a new, smaller civic centre fronting Uxbridge Road to replace the existing Perceval House which will include a customer services centre and a library, as well as a basement car park.

The remainder of the site will be given over to the construction of around 470 flats, 50% of which will be affordable, and four retail units. Receipts from the sale of the land and residential units will provide the funds for the new council facilities.

In order to construct the new civic centre, Galliford Try intends to first demolish the front of Perceval House fronting Uxbridge Road. Staff will move into the rear of the building, and to other council properties, while the new offices are constructed in the space left by the removal of the front section. At the same time, work will commence on building the new homes at the back of the site.

Once the new building is finished in 2021, staff will move into their new, smaller headquarters. The remainder of Perceval House will be demolished and the space developed for residential units. In addition, Longfield Avenue will be pedestrianised, connecting the Perceval House development with Dickens Yard and Ealing Town Hall.

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “Galliford Try’s proposal makes the most of this prime town centre location and will provide a modern and efficient civic centre, as well as complementing the ongoing construction of the cinema site and Dickens Yard, and the planned redevelopment of Ealing Town Hall.”

A public planning consultation on the scheme is expected to take place in spring 2018.

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