The plans, which will mean the demolition of the highly unpopular Town Hall Extension building, and the provision of a new public square, have been over four years in preparation.
The application, submitted by King Street Developments (a joint venture between Helical Bar Plc and Grainger Plc) in 2010, was given the go ahead on November 30.
The Sheppard Robson designed scheme includes the demolition of the 1970s Town Hall extension and its replacement with a new public square on King Street in front of the Grade II listed Town Hall. The public square will be a new focal point for the community, capable of hosting various events throughout the year including an outdoor cinema (visualisation pictured above) in the summer and Christmas markets and ice rinks in winter.
The scheme will also provide a new Council office building, 290 new homes and a series of new shops and restaurants, including a community sized supermarket, between King Street and the Great West Road. A raised pedestrian footpath will run from King Street to a new footbridge over the A4 which will link King Street to the river once more. Together, the council says the regeneration scheme will save Council taxpayers £18m, as well as supporting local businesses by drawing more trade to the western end of King Street. It is hoped it will breathe new life into this part of Hammersmith.
The planning committee considered a scheme that was originally chosen through a competitive public tender process in 2007/8 and originally submitted for planning at the end of 2010. Amendments were submitted in August 2011 following the Council’s request for a smaller office building, which allowed the number of new homes to be reduced from 320 back to the original 290 and the building closest to the river to be reduced by 5 storeys.
David Walters, on behalf of King Street Developments, commented: “This scheme will deliver tangible regeneration benefits for Hammersmith. There is a great deal of work to do before work begins but we are very keen to get started. Thanks must go to all our local supporters who have helped us design a scheme that will deliver the long term improvements to the area that the Council’s original brief set out in 2007.”