King Street plans to go on show

hammersmith town hall extensionAn exhibition of the plans for the site of the Hammersmith Town Hall extension will take place in October.

The seven-storey 1960s concrete Town Hall extension has been voted the ugliest building in the Borough, and Hammersmith & Fulham Council is seeking regenerate the western end of King Street by replacing it with a new building to the side of the original town hall, creating a new public square next to King Street where the present extension sits.

The public square will open up views of the art deco façade of the original Town Hall. A competition to select a design for the public square has begun and a shortlist of three architects have until October 14 to submit their entries.

A public exhibition of the short-listed plans for this project will take place from October 15-17 at Hammersmith Town Hall. Then each of the short-listed designs will go before a public square design panel, which will recommend a preferred architect and approach to the council.

The councils development partner Grainger/Helical Bar has set up King Street Developments (Hammersmith) Ltd, to deliver the project. A planning application is expected in summer 2010.

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