Billion Pound Westfield Shopping Centre Expansion Gains Final Approval
Westfield has been granted final planning approval for a £1bn expansion of its shopping complex in West London.
Hammersmith and Fulham council approved the plan, which includes by a £30m John Lewis department store and more than 1,300 new homes at the site in Shepherd’s Bush, which will be built by Westfield’s residential arm, Westfield Shoppingtowns Ltd.
Also included are restaurants and cafes, a children’s play area, office space, and a leisure complex. The development is expected to create up to 6,700 full-time jobs.
Enabling works are due to begin this year with main construction works beginning in 2015. The complex is due to be open for business for Christmas 2017.
Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, said: “Hammersmith & Fulham Council has issued the planning permission for Westfield London’s expansion to allow the development to get underway.
“The plans will provide an attractive gateway to Shepherd’s Bush town centre and the wider White City Opportunity Area, creating new jobs, housing including much needed affordable housing, and the £20m worth of community benefits agreed via the section 106.
“This is a great example of public-private partnerships working effectively to deliver beneficial regeneration.”
The scheme was designed by architect Allies and Morrison.
Winvic tops out first hotel project in Milton Keynes
A roof covering programme is now underway which will be followed by floor and ceiling curtain walling, and extensive glazing on the 13th floor, which will contain a sky bar, restaurant and public exhibition space.
Work on envelope and cladding will continue with the 30m high, LED-lit satin finish stainless steel circle on the eastern façade completing the external design. The ‘sun’ design will be visible up the city’s Midsomer Boulevard, which was created to align with the sun on the longest day of the year.
Winvic is currently fitting-out the 261 bedrooms, which has included the sailing and positioning of off-site fabricated bathroom pods. Fit-out of other facilities within the hotel will also continue, such as the 12,000 sq ft flexible conference floor that comprises adaptable meeting spaces and an external terrace that has been designed to be high load bearing. The project is expected to be handed over in July 2022.
Mark Jones, Winvic’s Head of Multi-room, said: “We started on site just two weeks after the first 2020 lockdown was announced and despite the unprecedented challenges, our team have hit milestone after milestone on, or ahead, of schedule. I’d like to say a huge thank you to them. Reaching the highest point of any multi-room project is always worth celebrating, but this is a bit more special as it’s Winvic’s first hotel," he said.
Winvic recently lifted eight railway bridge beams into place over the A5, 2km north of M1 J18. It is one of three bridges that Winvic is constructing for Prologis at DIRFT III in Northamptonshire, as part of a £29 million contract to deliver a new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal.