A BOUTIQUE cinema, a public piazza, new restaurants, shops, 200 flats and a clock tower are at the forefront of the new look Hammersmith Town Hall regeneration scheme.
These latest proposals have been designed to further strengthen the town as a cultural destination after Hammersmith and Fulham Council announced it was going to rethink the controversial scheme last year after facing wide-spread opposition from protestors.
Original plans had involved demolishing the town hall extension, cinema and flats for the blind, and building 290 flats, as well as civic offices, in high-rise blocks up to 15-storeys high.
Initial sketches - which are being displayed this week by King Street Developments at two public exhibitions, one tomorrow (21) the other on Saturday (23) - show the eight-storey town hall extension being reduced in width and having glass walls installed around the bottom nine metres of the building.
Inside would be a public walkthrough, containing restaurants, bars and a new boutique cinema, which would lead to the public square.
The council offices that reside in the extension would be relocated to a new building on the Cineworld site, and the current offices would become flats.
Under the plans the Grade II listed town hall building would remain but the outdoor concrete stairs would be demolished and a further 160 flats would be built adjacent to the site.
Hammersmith architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands are also keen on erecting a clock tower on top of the new council office building.
Alex Lifschutz, partner at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, said: “As local architects, we are very excited to play a part in improving this neglected area of Hammersmith. We hope to turn the area around the handsome listed Town Hall into an attractive mixed-use neighbourhood set around a new square and cinema. We envisage a cultural counterpart to Lyric Square, a vibrant destination that will draw visitors to the site and revitalise the King Street experience.”
This is the latest development aimed at regenerating the town after the impending Lyric Theatre and the Kings Mall Shopping Centre refurbishments.
Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Nick Botterill, said: “These exciting proposals have been refined and improved after listening to the views of local people and would be a real improvement for the rundown west end of King Street.
“We want to breathe new life into this part of King Street, at zero cost to taxpayers, and create new homes, offices and public spaces that we can all be proud of.”
The public exhibitions are taking place at the town hall, tomorrow (21) between 3pm and 8pm and on Saturday (23) between 10am and 2pm.