Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has replaced Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) on the long-running project to overhaul Hammersmith town hall and the surrounding area
The practice was brought in by Hammersmith & Fulham Council and housing developer A2 Dominion, the backers behind the latest attempt to redevelop the site, after the local authority tore up a deal with the previous developers - a joint venture between Grainger and Helical Bar.
Proposals for the high-profile King Street redevelopment include refurbishing and extending the Grade II-listed town hall, as well as building a new 400-seat cinema, office space, housing and an arts quarter with shops and cafés.
RSHP’s concept effectively supersedes LDS’s plans for the site, which were approved in 2013 but were later deemed unviable by Grainger and Helical Bar. LDS had itself replaced Sheppard Robson in 2012 when the latter’s proposals for the west London plot were scrapped following concerns over the scheme’s height.
Stephen Cowan, leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council: ’We ended the council’s agreement with the developers of the previous scheme after they told us that their proposals were not financially viable because of changes in market conditions.’
’The developers told us this only after they had begun to demolish the cinema. Having considered their alternative proposals, we decided it was in the best interests of our residents to take a different path.’
According to council documents, RSHP’s regeneration proposals will stay within the ’within the massing and height of the former scheme’ as designed by LDS, and the revamp of the town hall will involve removing the 1970s extension to make way for a new public plaza.
Ivan Harbour of RSHP said: ‘Our practice has a long association with Hammersmith, and it is exciting to be working in the borough. We believe this project will bring a vibrant new piece of town centre to Hammersmith and greatly improve the facilities for local residents and workers, as well as providing much-needed affordable housing.
’The design is unique and I hope Hammersmith residents will enjoy it for many years to come.’
Local residents were invited to have their say at two public consultation events held in Hammersmith Town Hall on 9 and 11 November. A planning application is expected to be submitted in February 2018, with a decision expected between April and June. If approved, work is expected to start on site in late 2018 and to complete in late 2021.