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LOM working up 'second son' of Chiswick Octopus

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Proposals for a west London site earmarked for Make Architects’ controversial ‘Chiswick Octopus’ have changed again, with a 42-storey mixed-use tower ditched in favour of a housing-led scheme

In October last year it emerged that developers Galliard Homes and London & Bath Estates had scrapped Make’s LED-clad Octopus structure and opted for a taller, more conventional scheme, incorporating a hotel, 410 flats and 4,170m² of office space drawn up by LOM Architecture.

Now Galliard has revealed that it has bought out London & Bath’s interest in the 0.23ha site near Chiswick Roundabout for around £15million and is instead pursuing a new residential-led scheme that is being designed by LOM Architecture.

Galliard chairman and chief executive Stephen Conway said a premium housing project on the gateway site would be commercially viable due to the continuing lack of new housing being provided across the capital.

‘The west London economy has emerged from the recession so these are particularly exciting times for Hounslow and Chiswick,’ he said.

‘There is an ongoing demand for new homes in the capital and so we are looking at devising plans that will meet local needs and assist with the regeneration that is occurring across the whole area.’

Galliard said it expected to submit detailed plans for the latest scheme to Hounslow Council in the autumn. A spokesman said pre-application discussions over the precise height of the building and the number of units it would contain were ongoing.

The previous Gateway Tower scheme was almost three times taller than the Octopus building, which won planning permission from Hounslow in October 2011.

Make Architects' Chiswick Octopus

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Make Architects’ Chiswick Octopus building, which won planning permission from Hounslow Council in 2011.


Previous story (AJ 03.11.14)

Tower plans spell end for Make’s Chiswick Octopus

The developers behind Make Architects’ Chiswick Octopus have shelved proposals for the LED-clad building in favour of a 42-storey tower block for the key west London site.

Galliard Group and London and Bath Estates won planning permission for the 50m tall office building near Chiswick Roundabout almost four years ago.

But it has emerged the development team has now asked LOM Architecture and Design to design a taller mixed-use scheme for the same site.

Make described its Octopus as ‘part building, part sculpture’, and it was to have been cloaked in an ‘LED shroud’ to create ‘the most expensive advertising billboards for sale in Britain’.

However, at 140m the new scheme for the site is almost three times taller and incorporates 410 flats, a 140-room hotel, 4,170m2 of office space and a five-level spiral basement with 150 parking spaces.

LOM partner Peter O’Malley said the Gateway Tower development superceded the Octopus and was the focus of Galliard’s ambition for Chiswick Roundabout, which is the start point for a stretch of the A4 known as the Golden Mile that Hounslow is keen to regenerate.

‘[The new proposal] has got uses that are in demand, it’s a building that we believe will get the support of the local authority, and it’s in support of the regeneration of the Golden Mile,’ he said.

‘We’re looking towards an application being lodged towards the end of the year.’

A Hounslow Council spokesman confirmed the authority had been in discussion over ‘a possible alternative scheme’ for the Octopus site, but said no new application had been received.

Make Architects declined to comment.

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