Work has begun on St James’ 1,400-home White City Living housing scheme at White City.
The redevelopment of the former Marks & Spencer’s warehouse site near Westfield London will provide 427 affordable homes out of a total of 1,400. The new White City Living scheme in Wood Lane, close to both Wood Lane and White City underground stations, sits on the opposite side of the railway viaduct to Westfield, and across Wood Lane from the homes, offices and television studios in the recently renovated Television Centre.
White City Living developer, St James, originally secured consent for 298 affordable homes on the site. The council has worked with them to increase this by 129.
A new five-acre public park – called Exhibition Park – is also being built just a few steps away from Wood Lane tube station, joining up with land on the other side of the railway arches outside the new John Lewis store in Westfield.
“We’re determined to do our bit to crack the housing crisis and deliver the genuinely affordable homes our residents need,” said Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
“So it’s really exciting to see construction start on this important scheme in what is already London’s most exciting new neighbourhood.”
It follows on from another 89 new affordable homes built as part of the £600million Westfield extension works by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield.
This means H&F Council has now secured more than 630 new affordable homes in White City. The new affordable homes consist of one, two, three and four-bedroom flats, with the first wave of residents due to get their keys in July 2019.
The five-acre Exhibition Park had its first tree planted by council leader Cllr Cowan. It’s one of 430 new trees that will be planted in the new public park, as well as an additional three acres of green space for residents, four water features and 31 restored railway arches.
There will be six separate gardens for residents which includes the Magnolia Garden and the Central Gardens, lined with trees suited for all the seasons, on the new development. Plus a lagoon, opposite the railways arches in front of Westfield.
The council has also negotiated for a new network of walkways, bridges and cycle paths, along with new pedestrian routes which will create improved links with Westfield and the wider White City area. In addition to the new pedestrian and cycle connections, there will be 100,000 sq ft of shops, playgrounds, restaurants, cafés and office space.
Seventy-one genuinely affordable homes for residents have been secured on the new Ed City development in Australia Road, with 38 flats for key workers and 33 flats for social rent.
The council has also begun to redevelop a former hostel it owns in Lavender Court with 45 new, genuinely affordable homes for residents.
Work is also underway to build 30 new, genuinely affordable homes at the council-owned Fulham North Housing Office and adjacent car park on the Clem Attlee Estate. The new homes should be ready by 2020.