Reimagining Hammersmith

20161109_151844Delegates at the Reimagining Hammersmith event heard from a number of speakers about ideas for the future of Hammersmith town centre.

The two winners of HammersmithLondon’s Imagine Hammersmith competition – Ollie Joyce of Pitman Tozer, and architect and Hammersmith resident Allan Baird –both presented their entries, respectively turning the Hammersmith Flyover into a Sunday market, and the relocation of Charing Cross Hospital to the Broadway.

Grimshaw Architects, council appointed masterplanners looking at a vision for the whole town centre, presented a number of ideas. It was the first chance for many of the businesses present to see the work in progress, which aims to give a shift in focus back to the high street and people, and enhance connections to and from and across the centre.

They had identified a number of interesting opportunities, such as developing workshops and maker spaces around Albion Mews.

The proposal to create a newly accessible and enlarged public space in front of St Paul’s Church seemed a positive contribution to enhancing public amenity, while the idea of moving Bradstowe House allowed the Broadway island site to produce much more in terms of commercial space.

In all, the Grimshaw proposals sought to identify space for 2900 new homes, and 25,000 jobs, improve the evening economy. The work continues.

The event was hosted by Landid and Brockton Capital’s in their refubished One Queen Caroline Street, organised by lookwest and HammersmithLondon, and sponsored by the Kings Mall.

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