Public Consultation double for North Acton

August has seen two public consultations for two separate high rise schemes, within an locale which is fast becoming an cluster for tall buildings.

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First off is the proposed redevelopment of the Holiday Inn, which fronts on the A40 Western Avenue and the southern edge of the forthcoming North Acton cluster.

The initial scheme by developers Aldau Developments and designed by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, will see a mixed use development comprising of two towers including a replacement hotel with two connecting footbridges and draws inspiration from their scheme in Vauxhall nicknamed Jenga Tower for its stacked massing.

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Outline of initial scheme

Scheme will also go someway towards the establishing of a cohearant public walkway from North Acton to Acton Main Line, which will be served by the Elizabeth Line from May 2019. The first public consultation was in July with a planning application due to be submitted in Late Autumn.

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Looking north through the site

The Castle Pub

The second and more hotly contested scheme is the initial plan to demolish the Castle Pub on the corner of Victoria and Wales Farm Road. The student residential of somewhere between 27-36 floors for 534 accommodation units, drawn up by architects Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher who is behind the nearby Carbuncle nominated Victoria House for Imperial College London students.

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The pub will not be replicated in the future scheme and instead will be downsized to a 53sqm Cafe/Bar Unit. As a matter of course this has caused some controversy with some demanding it be made immune from demolition by listing it as a local community asset, however this has been dismantled by planning consultants Lichfields in accordance with Guidance set out by Historic England, as seen below.

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Lichfields response to local calls for it to be listed an local community asset.