LDS replaces Sheppard Robson on contentious Hammersmith scheme
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has been appointed to replace Sheppard Robson on the controversial King Street redevelopment in Hammersmith, west London
The locally based studio has been chosen to work up revised plans for the town centre redevelopment after the previous scheme was abandoned following concerns over height.
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands new proposal – which is in very early stages and currently being discussed with key stakeholders – will be no taller than eight storeys.
Sheppard Robson won planning permission to replace Hammersmith Town Hall’s 1970s extension and other buildings with a new public square and 290 homes a year ago. But the project was abandoned by the council in July (2012). Residents had argued the 15-storey scheme would ruin the district’s skyline.
Alex Lifschutz of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands said: ‘Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has been appointed by King Street Developments to work on a new design for the area surrounding the Hammersmith Town Hall at the west end of King Street.
‘The project is in its early stages and we are meeting with the local communities to hear their views and discuss emerging ideas.’
A public consultation is expected to start in the new year.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council update 23.11.12
The council has gone further by outlining a new set of parameters for the scheme - which the council’s development partner, King Street Developments Ltd (KSD), is using to work up new design ideas for consultation with residents.
Some key components remain including the creation of a new public square; opening up the historic northern façade of the Grade II listed old Town Hall, while improving access, and building new homes and retail/restaurant space. The new parameters also now include:
- A cast iron guarantee that the tallest building will not be higher than the current town hall extension (equivalent to eight residential storeys).
- The creation of a £1million regeneration fund for improvements to buildings in this stretch of King Street
- Halving the replacement council office space requirement from the previous scheme to around 45,000 square feet.
- No bridge over the A4 Talgarth Road into Furnivall Gardens
- Considering the option to include a cinema within the scheme
- No need for the relocation of Thomas Pocklington tenants
- Exploring the inclusion of buildings to the north of the town hall next to King Street flanking the new public square
- Reconsidering the architectural approach to the design
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