Civic campus

A new cinema is coming to King Street as part of the Civic Campus project

Civic campus update – June 2020

Work to restart on site

H&F Council has undertaken an extensive review of the demolition contractor’s Method Statements to ensure that they comply with government guidance on reducing the transmission of coronavirus. Work on site recommenced on 26 May.

We are monitoring government guidance on social distancing and construction industry in case of any changes.


The first structure to be demolished will be the link bridge between the listed town hall building and the town hall extension. The demolition contractors will begin by protecting the area under the bridge, erecting scaffolding around it, and then demolishing the bridge. This is due to be completed by 12 June.

Demolition of the town hall extension will start on 16 June. Before demolition can start the cranes will be lifted and positioned on the roof. The building will be demolished a floor at a time. This is due to be completed in mid-October.

The soft strip of the former Registrar’s Office is underway. All wooden door frames, plasterboard and asbestos-containing materials have been safely removed.

Work will soon start on the listed town hall to prepare it for refurbishment and to enable construction works to start.

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Plans to build a new cinema, new genuinely affordable homes and a revitalised civic campus at the western end of King Street have been approved.

The planning committee at Hammersmith & Fulham Council approved the plans on 12 February to breathe new life into the western end of King Street.

The plans include for start-up space for the borough’s entrepreneurs, homework space for local schoolchildren, and the the transformation of Grade II-listed Hammersmith Town Hall into a modern public building at the heart of the community.

“This is an important moment in our mission to revitalise Hammersmith because it will breathe new life into the western end of King Street,” said Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

“The new four-screen cinema, new genuinely affordable homes, new public rooftop bar and restaurant and new public square are some of the factors that will rejuvenate the area and create a new Hammersmith neighbourhood.

The town hall will be transformed into a civic campus for residents which will have homework space for local children, start up space for local entrepreneurs, and space that can be used for many community activities throughout the week - such as a pop up art gallery.

“I am extremely grateful to our partners, the architects and particularly to all the local residents who helped make this scheme something I think everyone who cares about our borough will be extremely proud of.

“Those residents include the volunteers who led the independent Town Hall Commission, the volunteers on the Disabled Residents Team and the hundreds of local people who attended the four public exhibitions and took the time to advise us on many aspects of this project’s design and function.

View from King Street showing the new cinema and public square

The revised scheme

The council will kickstart the ambitious project by demolishing the ugly town hall extension, while transforming the historic town hall building into an energy-efficient civic campus for the community.

The scheme will also see the following delivered to Hammersmith:

  • a new four-screen cinema, with room for cafes, shops and restaurants built on the existing cinema and car park site
  • 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 public space for performances and events in front of the restored Town Hall
  • 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.

New civic campus Block B offices

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

Working together

The scheme has benefited from the experience and wisdom of the borough’s Independent Disabled Residents Team who have worked with us to design a fully accessible building, as well as 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.

Richard Winterton, chair of the Hammersmith Town Hall Commission, said: “We acted as a wholly independent, voluntary group to inject a citizen’s perspective on the developing design of the scheme. We firmly support the application, in particular the transformation of the original town hall building and the new town square, the number of affordable homes, and the new four-screen cinema.”

Jane Wilmot, from the H&F Disabled Residents Team, said: “Barriers faced by Disabled people in using buildings and open spaces were raised early before plans were submitted rather than left to detailed design at a later stage. This way of working together allowed robust solutions to be found early as well as saving time and money for the developer. This is most unusual and should be adopted in all major development projects.”

Danny Lynch, Director of Land and Development at A2Dominion, said: “This development will address the shortage of good quality affordable homes in Hammersmith, create better facilities for the community and improve connectivity to the riverside. We look forward to working with our partners to deliver a scheme which makes better use of the land and creates genuinely affordable homes for local residents.”

And Mark Rintoul, Project Architect at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, said: “The council’s pioneering collaboration with multiple stakeholders and local amenity groups has defined this truly community-led development to deliver a civic campus with access for all.”

What we’re aiming to do and when

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

New residential homes on Nigel Playfair Avenue

The Town Hall Extension will be replaced with a public square

Hammersmith Town Hall will be refurbished and restored