King Street Developments Hammersmith’s (KSD) plans for the town hall extension, square and surrounding area have been approved by Hammersmith & Fulham Council and will now go to the Mayor of London.
The plans include 196 new homes, a three-screen community cinema to be operated by Curzon, new retail, restaurant and cafe space, replacement offices for the council and a new town square.
The Grade-II listed town hall will have its former ceremonial stone steps reinstated to link up with the new public square while the replacement council offices will be built to the west of Nigel Playfair Avenue. KSD will also provide £5.25 million towards a regeneration fund to boost the surrounding area and refurbish the Grade-II listed town hall, which was built in 1938.
A previous development, which included taller buildings, was referred to the Mayor of London but then withdrawn in December 2011.
Cllr Nicholas Botterill, H&F Council Leader, said: “I now believe we have a scheme that Hammersmith can be proud of. It’s been hard work but we finally have a plan that will kick start the much needed regeneration of the west end of King Street. The developers can now get on with the important work of breathing new life into this rather rundown area.”
David Walters, Development Director at Grainger said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to deliver nearly 200 new high quality homes designed by local architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands in the setting of the handsome listed town hall and in the centre of Hammersmith, with its excellent transport links and proximity to the Thames.”
On the retail and cinema aspects of the proposals, Helical Bar Director Matthew Bonning-Snook said: “We are very excited to be introducing a new Curzon cinema to Hammersmith complemented by new retail and restaurant space as well as a landscaped public piazza. This will create an environment people will be proud to live, work and dwell in, and will contribute to putting King Street firmly on London’s cultural map.”