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Perceval House development: Plans for new civic centre and affordable housing in Ealing Broadway move forward

Nearly 500 flats will be built in Ealing Broadway as part of the £275 million redevelopment of Perceval House

Nearly 500 flats and a number of retail units will be built in Ealing Broadway as part of the £275 million redevelopments of Perceval House , if plans are approved.

Ealing Council's plans to redevelop the 1.27-hectare site have taken a step forward following cabinet approval to enter a development agreement with Galliford Try.

The developer was appointed as the council's preferred bidder in July and proposes building a new, smaller civic centre fronting Uxbridge Road to replace the council's existing office building.

The remainder of the site will be given over to the construction of 470 flats, half of which will be affordable, and four retail units, an Ealing Council spokesman said.

On top of the residential units and shops, the redevelopment will include a modern customer services centre, a library and a basement car park built as part of the civic centre.

The local authority suggests the new civic centre will come at no cost to the taxpayer as the receipts from the sale of the land and residential units will offset the cost of the new headquarters.

In order to construct the new officers, Galliford Try proposes demolishing the front of Perceval House, at which point staff will move to the rear of the building.

An aerial impression of how the development will look Farrells(Image: Farrells)

New offices will be constructed in the space left by the removal of the front section and, at the same time, work will start on building the new homes at the back of the site.

Once the new building is finished in 2021, staff will move into the new headquarters and the remainder of Perceval House will be demolished to make way for more homes.

Longfield Avenue will also be pedestrianised, creating a traffic-free space connecting the new development with Dickens Yard and Ealing Town Hall.

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said the development will both improve the town centre and help the local authority at a time of “immense financial pressure”.

He said: “Galliford Try’s proposal makes the most of this prime town centre location and will provide a modern and efficient civic centre.

“It will also complement the ongoing construction of the cinema site and Dickens Yard and the planned redevelopment of Ealing Town Hall."

A new library has been included in the plans(Image: Farrells)

He added: “Local authorities across the country are under immense financial pressure and Ealing is no different.

“We must adapt to our new financial reality by making the most of the assets that we have and capitalising on the opportunities that present themselves, such as Crossrail.

“By improving our town centres in this way, we will attract more people and jobs to Ealing.”

A public planning consultation on the scheme is expected to take place in spring 2018.

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