See the latest plans to revitalise the western end of King Street

Proposals to build a new cinema and genuinely affordable homes in the western end of King Street are now on show.

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View from King Street, facing eastbound showing the new cinema

The latest proposals to build a new cinema and genuinely affordable homes in the western end of King Street are now on show.

The links below show the plans to breathe new life into the western end of King Street, including plans for the transformation of Hammersmith Town Hall into a modern public building at the heart of the community.

“We want to make Hammersmith proud by breathing new life into the western end of King Street,” said Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

“The new cinema and our new genuinely affordable homes will help create a truly exciting new neighbourhood.”

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View from King Street, facing westbound showing the new cinema and public square

The revised scheme

The council is proposing to demolish the ugly Town Hall extension and bring Hammersmith:

  • A new four-screen cinema, with room for cafes, shops and restaurants
  • 204 new homes of which 52 per cent will be classified as genuinely affordable for local residents
  • A new public rooftop bar and restaurant
  • New community art and event spaces
  • New affordable, flexible office spaces for start-up businesses
  • New corporate offices for an established business that will bring revenue and hundreds of new employees who’ll be customers for our local shops, eating and drinking establishments
  • New public space in front of the restored Town Hall for performances and events
  • New homework spaces for children and students
  • Inclusively designed buildings to ensure full access for Disabled people
  • Eco-friendly buildings to minimise our carbon footprint and cut fuel bills.

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A new office block will also be built on the same site as the cinema

The new civic campus will allow the council to cut building maintenance and rental costs. And by opening the Town Hall to the public, local start-up businesses and partner agencies, it will support H&F’s mission to modernise the council’s culture and deliver the best public services.

Working together

Some of the changes since the last set of proposals were exhibited earlier this year include:

  • Reduction in the height of the town hall roof extension by one storey
  • Reduction in the size of the shading around the roof of the new glass extension
  • Improvements to the lighting for the Assembly Hall and Courtyard
  • Addition of new winter gardens on the new homes facing King Street and the A4 to improve air quality.

The scheme has benefited from the experience and wisdom of three resident volunteers who worked (without pay) as our Independent Town Hall Commissioners.

They’ve worked tirelessly with our architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and the developer A2Dominion to help deliver a scheme that will benefit the borough for decades and significantly improve Hammersmith.

“I am particularly grateful for all they’ve done and would like to take this opportunity to thank them,” Cllr Cowan added.

What we’re aiming to do and when

  • Early 2019: planning decision made.
  • Spring 2019: council moves out of the town hall and extension.
  • Summer 2019: demolition work begins.
  • Early 2020: construction works begins.

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New residential homes on Nigel Playfair Avenue

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A new public square will be created where the town hall extension currently is

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The plans will see the town hall refurbished and opened up for more public use

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