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Patel Taylor's White City development gets green light

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Architects Patel Taylor have been given the go-ahead for a large chunk of the huge White City development in west London which will create hundreds of homes in a series of tower blocks

The approval by Hammersmith & Fulham Council puts the 15-year project on track to begin next summer, a prospect described as ‘thrilling’ by Pankaj Patel, director of the London-based practice.

The site on Wood Lane, to the north of the Westfield shopping centre, was bought up by developer St James Group in July 2013.

Under Patel Taylor’s proposals, some 1,465 homes will be built across the 10.5 acre plot in a range of tower blocks stretching from 11 to 30 stories into the sky.

The tallest aims to create a ‘distinctive character’ for the development by echoing the distinctively curved wall of the former BBC Television Centre, which is Grade II listed.

Dubbed ‘the Marks and Spencer Warehouse site’, the project includes commercial, leisure and community space to support the extensive residential element, which will include affordable housing.

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