Plans for King Street Redevelopment Approved by Council

Paving the way for new council offices, homes, cinema and town square

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Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s planning applications committee has approved plans to regenerate the area of King Street around the Town Hall.

The £150 million scheme from King Street Developments Hammersmith Ltd (KSD) - a joint venture between Helical Bar plc and Grainger plc - was given the go ahead at a meeting held on Tuesday November 12.

Subject to verification by the Mayor of London, the planning approval now paves the way for KSD to regenerate the area around and including the ugly town hall extension with a new cinema, new public spaces, shops, homes and offices.

The package of improvements includes: 196 new homes; a three-screen community cinema, to be operated by Curzon; new retail, restaurant and cafe space; replacement offices for the council and a new town square.

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The Grade-II listed town hall will have its former ceremonial stone steps reinstated to link up with the new public piazza while the replacement council offices will be built to the west of Nigel Playfair Avenue.

KSD will also provide £5.25 million towards a regeneration fund to boost the surrounding area and refurbish the Grade-II listed town hall, which was built in 1938.

A previous development, which included taller buildings, was referred to the Mayor of London but then withdrawn in December 2011.

The council says that none of the new buildings in the new scheme will be taller than the current town hall extension, and it received just eight objections to the development and a further five responses in favour during the consultation.

It also says the new modern building is expected to save around £150,000 in reduced energy costs and the council is retaining the freehold of the land.

David Walters, Development Director at Grainger plc says: "We are delighted with the decision of the planning committee.  This is a fantastic opportunity to deliver nearly 200 new high quality homes designed by local architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands in the setting of the handsome listed town hall and in the centre of Hammersmith, with its excellent transport links and proximity to the Thames."

On the retail and cinema aspects of the proposals, Helical Bar plc Director Matthew Bonning-Snook says: "We are very excited to be introducing a new Curzon cinema to Hammersmith complemented by new retail and restaurant space as well as a landscaped public piazza.  This will create an environment people will be proud to live, work and dwell in, and will contribute to putting King Street firmly on London's cultural map."

Cllr Nicholas Botterill, H&F Council Leader, says, "We listened to residents and ditched the less popular elements of the previous scheme and I now believe we have a scheme that Hammersmith can be proud of. It’s been hard work but we finally have a plan that will kick start the much needed regeneration of the west end of King Street. The developers can now get on with the important work of breathing new life into this rather rundown area."

13 November 2013