The previous Foster designed scheme was slated by CABE, and shelved. But the developer and the Council have been in active discussions since then to get something moving on the site, which is key to the future of Ealing Broadway as a retail destination, particularly with the imminent arrival of Westfield London in neighbouring Hammersmith, and offers a well-connected location for a substantial number of new homes.
The previous scheme involved the redevelopment of the Arcadia Centre to form a 40-storey mixed use development including 704 apartments, 19,634 sqm of retail, 816 sqm of cafes and restaurants, 1,168 sqm of offices and 1,728 sqm of leisure.
Since this scheme was shelved, Mayor Boris Johnson has publicly stated that he is not in favour of towers, and did not mention Ealing as suburban location where he would be happy to see high-rise development when discussing his ‘direction of travel’ last week. So Council and Developer may be hard pressed to run the gauntlet of Mayoral disapproval and local opposition, which has been vocal, if not voluminous.