Hammersmith Grove offices decision due soon

Posted on by John Cronin

Revised plans for two office buildings in Hammersmith, London are expected to be discussed at a forthcoming planning meeting.

Hammersmith GroveDevelopers Development Securities and architects BFLS submitted revised plans for the speculative Hammersmith Grove mixed-use development at the end of August, 2010.

The current scheme is predominately office based and also incorporates an element of retail floor space. Two office buildings are now proposed rather than the larger, single building that was in the original plan. The original building was an all-curved design in the shape of a shell and was given the nickname of the Hammersmith Snail.

Following objections to the height and size of the original design, elements of the development have been dropped, including a proposed new cinema. Local residents action group the Brackenbury Residents Association had also argued that the development would offer little community benefit if it only consisted of commercial space. The developers response is to include space for a new public library and improvments to the public realm.

The two new buildings will offer approximately 377,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation. The North Building will provide 10 floors of office space above ground level whilst the South Building contains eight floors of office space above ground level. The site for the office blocks is currently used as a surface car park and is adjacent to the tube station.

A spokesperson for the developers commented:  “there is demand for additional office space within Hammersmith and more offices are required so the area can compete with areas like Paddington, Chiswick and Victoria”.

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