Huge Changes Coming to King Street in 2013
Hammersmith town centre set to be transformed
The most welcome change is on King Street itself,where the run down Kings Mall shopping centre is getting a much-needed facelift.
MP Kings Retail bought the centre in May 2011 and is now aiming to refurbish the entire retail centre. The remodelling of the centre includes a new entrance from King Street and re-cladding the mall.
Chris Baker, of letting agents GCW says other big retailers are set to follow. " MP Kings Retail's ambitions for the centre have the potential to significantly improve Hammersmith as a shopping destination. We believe that the combination of a major office based population with a large and loyal catchment is an attractive proposition to major high-street names."
The back of the centre is also due to be totally transformed. Developer St George West has applied to demolish both Kings Mall Car Park on Glenthorne Road and the vacant West 45 office building on Beadon Road.
The redevelopment of the site involves a new single building ranging in height from 4 to 17 storeys which will provide 418 new homes plus commercial space and a new 700 space public car park.
The developer is applying for a variety of uses for the ground floor space including shops, offices, restaurants, cafés and bars, plus community and leisure uses.
A decision on the application is expected soon.
This development will be across the road from 10 Hammersmith Grove, the first of two new buildings on a former car park which will offer new offices, restaurants and new public spaces opposite Lyric Square.
Afte six years of planning and fundraising, the Lyric Theatre has finally begun work on its Capital Project.
The theatre says it will will be changing the landscape of Hammersmith by building new drama, dance, film and TV recording studios, a 60-seat cinema and a new bar and café.
The Lyric is also to become one of the most sustainable cultural buildings in London with a Green Roof, almost 100% LED lighting and reclaimed furniture.
And as well as building a large extension to the west of the theatre, the theatre will also be giving the existing building its first major facelift in 30 years. You can read more about The Lyric's Capital Project, and how you can be part of it, here.
However, changes include:
A limit on height equivalent to that of the current town hall extension
Cllr Nicholas Botterill, H&F Council Leader, says: " We are now working closely with our development partners and their architects to come up with attractive new design ideas for consultation with residents. These designs need to fulfil the project brief and achieve the main aim of breathing much-needed new life into this rundown part of Hammersmith."
You can view the documents presented at the consultation here .
January 11, 2013