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Ealing skyscraper resurrection ‘not ruled out’

The new owners of Ealing’s Arcadia shopping centre could reignite plans for a tall building on the high-profile west London site

Property developer Benson Elliot appointed Allies and Morrison to rework the plot in November, three years after a 26-storey residential skyscraper scheme by Foster + Partners and HKR was rejected.

The practice submitted low-rise plans to revamp the shopping centre side of the one hectare site last month but a consultation will open on proposals for the remaining the land in the summer.

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Asked whether the latest proposal could include a tower, a spokesperson for Benson Elliot said the developer was approaching the scheme’s second part as an ‘open book’ and were ‘not ruling anything in or out at the moment’.

Benson Elliot purchased the troubled regeneration plot from the joint administrators for the previous owner and failed skyscraper bid backer, Glenkerrin, in October last year.

Unlike Glenkerrin, the company does not own the land to the north of the nearby railway tracks which had allowed previous designs to span the transport route with a very tall tower.  

The spokesperson said: ‘Benson Elliot are starting from a position that the Glenkerrin scheme was judged as inappropriate and so are taking that as our starting point for consulting on the wider site in the summer.’

The £500 million Glenkerrin scheme was initially masterminded by HKR and John Pardey and featured a 40-storey, leaf-shaped structure which was redesigned by Foster + Partners following criticism from CABE. Foster’s 26-storey slimline version of the tower was unveiled in 2008.

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