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Details of plans to build what is now believed to be a 32-storey skyscraper on the site previously planned for the 'Octopus', can be seen at a public exhibition this week.

The developers, Starbones Ltd, will be holding public exhibitions of the evolving plans at The London Museum of Water & Steam, Kew Bridge Road, Brentford, TW8 0EF.

They will be available for viewing on:

  • Wednesday 21st October, 5pm-8.30pm
  • Thursday 22nd October, 5pm-8.30pm

Starbones Ltd is seeking to redevelop the vacant site, bordered by the Great West Road and Gunnersbury Avenue (formerly known as the Octopus site). The site lies at the eastern end of the A4 'Golden Mile'.

Kim Gottlieb, the director behind the original plans for the Octopus is on the board of Starbones along with Stephen Conway, the chief executive of Galliard, the developer which was reported to have acquired the half acre site earlier this year. It is thought that the consortium includes American private investment company Cain Hoy and ARV Investments from Kim Gottlieb's London and Bath Estates.

Site of planned Chiswick skyscraper

Site of planned Chiswick skyscraper

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There are some more limited details on the scheme's web site but as yet no actual plans have been put on the site.

You can also give feedback directly.

The developers claim that an outward facing design approach and public realm strategy will overcome the severance effect of the M4 flyover. They are also promising an improved pedestrian and cyclist environment beneath the M4 flyover.

The controversial London Octopus plan, a five-storey 50 m high commercial building with with its LED advertising 'sheath' was dropped as it appeared to become a less attractive investment proposition when compared with the current demand for new housing.

Last year, Stephen Conway, Chairman & Chief Executive of Galliard Homes said, “There is an ongoing demand for new homes in the capital and so we are looking at devising plans that will meet local needs and assist with the regeneration that is occurring across the whole area.”


October 21, 2015

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