Hammersmith to sell assets

LB Hammersmith & Fulham have announced plans to sell off public buildings.

The plans aim to raise £20 million by selling off at least nine buildings – including Fulham Town Hall, the Irish Centre, Palingswick House, Sands End Community Centre, the Greswell Street Centre in Fulham, the Askham Centre, a vacant site in Distillery Lane, Hammersmith, a building in Commonwealth Avenue, White City, and a site in Bulwer Street, Shepherd’s Bush.

The Council also plans to reduce its property costs by exiting leases on offices in Cambridge House and Barclay House and at the Broadway Information Centre.

A council spokesman told the Fulham Chronicle that no attempt will be made to retain any of the buildings for community use – many are presently occupied by community organisations, some of whom will be rehoused in retained council owned buildings – and that they will be marketed to maximise the sale price. A public consultation on the plans was launched today and will run for 12 weeks before any bids are sought from developers or other interested parties, although it is reported that discussions are already underway with the Irish Government over the Irish Centre.


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