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Foster + Partners and HKR's Ealing Arcadia scheme is cut back

Irish developer Glenkerrin has slashed back its Foster + Partners/HKR designed scheme for Arcadia Shopping Centre in Ealing Broadway.

Under the drastically reworked scheme, which was unveiled last Friday, a new slimline tower, designed by Foster + Partners, has taken the place of the practice's original 40-storey Leaf building (pictured).

The scheme’s ‘finger blocks’ have also been scaled down as part of Glenkerrin’s aim to reduce the height of towers throughout the scheme by around 40 per cent; in addition, the HKR housing element has also been reduced from 700 homes to 560.

The step-down follows fierce opposition from campaign group Save Ealing’s Centre, as well as from CABE and English Heritage.

The chief executive of Glenkerrin, Ray Grehan, told the Ealing Post: ‘Local people expressed a range of concerns when we presented our initial proposals. We have listened and taken on board the comments.’
At the time neither HKR nor Foster + Partners was available for comment.

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