Councillors give the green light to Hounslow Octopus

Posted on by Rob Powell

AN ICONIC new office building has been given planning consent by councillors in Hounslow.

The 50 metre tall development will be built on a derelict site at Chiswick Roundabout, next to the M4. It has already been dubbed the “Octopus” and will offer 5,000m2 of office space.

The building will be covered in an LED shroud, offering illuminated advertising and “artistic” space.

Council officers had recommended that the scheme be turned down, citing concerns about the effect of the LED screen. They said it would “undermine the credibility of the building as an iconic development”, while having a “jarring impact” on a nearby cemetery.

But councillors on the Sustainable Development  Committee decided to back the development, which is proposed by developer London & Bath Estates and is expected to create over 300 jobs.

According to the Hounslow Chronicle, Councillor Steve Curran, vice chairman of the committee, said: “Members felt it was an iconic building. There were more than 500 letters of support, Brentford Chamber of Commerce wanted it and we felt it woyld bring jobs and regeneration to the area.”

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