Updated plans for EdCity – an innovative new education hub in White City , as well as new housing and community facilities – are about to go on display at a public consultation.
Under the plans, the site currently occupied by Ark Swift Primary Academy, Harmony Neighbourhood Nursery and the Adult Community Learning Centre would be redeveloped to create a new school and nursery.
It would include new affordable and private housing, the first OnSide Youth Zone in west London, offering affordable activities for local young people, new offices, a revamped adult education centre and a public square.
The updated plans can be viewed at a public consultation, which will take place on:
- Friday (November 24) from 3pm – 7pm at Ark Swift Primary Academy, Australia Road
- Saturday (November 25) from 9.30am – 1pm at the White City Community Centre, India Way
EdCity development manager Andrew McLean said: “We want local people to come along to our consultation events and find out about our latest plans for EdCity.
“These offer lots of exciting benefits to local people in White City, whether that is through state-of-the-art educational facilities, new affordable housing to meet the needs of local people, or a new youth zone that offers affordable activities for young people every day of the week.”
Initial plans for EdCity were consulted on in November 2016, and many local organisations and residents gave their comments. Since then, Hammersmith & Fulham Council has joined as a development partner and the plans have evolved to include more housing, including homes for social, intermediate and private rent, to help meet local needs and ensure that the project is deliverable.
Ark, the education charity with a network of schools in Hammersmith and Fulham, remains a partner and will move its headquarters from central London to become one of the major tenants at the new offices at EdCity.
The proposals include a new public square and see Harmony Neighbourhood Nursery expand its capacity from 45 to 75 children, offering its Ofsted-outstanding care and early years education to more local children.
Meanwhile the council’s adult community learning centre would move into a larger, state-of-the-art facility, bringing its essential services to more local adults.
'New opportunities and fantastic facilities to give our pupils the best education'
Jason Marantz, the principal at Ark Swift Primary Academy, said: “We are delighted to be part of EdCity, which will provide new opportunities and fantastic facilities to give our pupils the best education that we possibly can.”
Jana Hassan, manager of Harmony Neighbourhood Nursery, added: “The plans for EdCity will help us to reach out more widely than ever before, bringing our Ofsted-outstanding care and early years education to more and more local children.”
Following the consultation events, the draft plans will be finalised into a planning application that will be submitted to the council later this year.
If the planning application is approved, work could begin in summer 2018, with construction work complete by summer 2022.
The draft plans will be available at www.edcity.co.uk , where feedback can also be submitted.
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