£150m Hammersmith Town Hall plans approved
Ambitious plans for the construction of a new £150 million Town Hall in Hammersmith have been given approval by the local authority's planning committee.Aimed at breathing new life into the area around King Street in the heart of the district, the project will now require verification by the Lord Mayor's Office, but should this be satisfactorily completed it promises to be an important new development for the area.Proposed by King Street Developments Hammersmith - a joint venture between developers Grainger and Helical Bar - the scheme will see the former ceremonial steps reinstated for the grade II-listed town hall property, as well as an extensive refurbishment of the building, which was originally built in 1938.Overall, the improvement package for the area includes the delivery of 196 new residential properties to help meet ongoing growing demand for new homes in the area, as well as new retail, restaurant and cafe spaces, office accommodation for the council and a new town square.Nicholas Botterill, Hammersmith & Fulham Council leader, said: "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."David Walters, development director at Grainger, added: "We are delighted with the decision of the planning committee."He added the scheme is a fantastic opportunity to not only carry out a beautiful renovation of a handsome building in the heart of London, but will also deliver a raft of other benefits for Hammersmith, including improved links to the rest of the capital due to its proximity to the Thames and the construction of hundreds of new high-quality homes from architect Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.
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