Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) is set to submit plans to revamp Hammersmith town hall and its surroundings, having replaced Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) on the long-running job last year
The practice was brought in by Hammersmith & Fulham Council and housing developer A2 Dominion, the backers behind the latest attempt to redevelop the site, in autumn 2017 after the west London 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 overhauling the Grade II-listed town hall, adding 4,500m² of new civic office space and creating a publicly accessible roof terrace.
The wider scheme also includes new housing – more than half of which (52 per cent) the practice claims will be affordable – as well as a new public piazza, a community cinema to replace the recently demolished Cineworld, incubator office space and artists’ studios.
RSHP’s application 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.
RSHP’s regeneration proposals effectively stay within the ’within the massing and height of the former scheme’ as designed by LDS but ’will provide more new space than previous [designs] put forward for the site’,
The project goes on public exhibition later today (Friday 20 April) with an application expected to officially lodged with the local authority on 27 April 2018.
Submitted for planning April 2018: RSHP’s proposed King Street scheme - residential element, west walkway
Source: Hayes Davidson