King Street Developments – the JV between Helical Bar and Grainger – have shown new plans for the regeneration of the western end of King Street.
The plans now include a boutique cinema, as well as a new public square, restaurants, and shops, along with 200 new homes. They were shown at a consultation exhibition on March 23. Previous plans faltered when the Mayor of London refused them last year.
The council announced a new planning brief at the end of 2012, which floated the idea of including a cinema to replace the existing one, which had been one of the focusses of the campaign by locals against the previous scheme.
The new plans are scaled down from the previous, particularly in height, and no longer involve the demolition of the unpopular Town Hall extension. It would now be reduced in width and reclad, with glazed walls installed around the open space under the bulk of the building.
Plans are being designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.