Skyscraper To Tower Over Chiswick Roundabout

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Details of plans to build a 'skyscraper' at Chiswick Roundabout are likely to emerge at a public exhibition to be held later this month.

As yet no indication has been given as to the height of the building but it has been previously suggested that the block could be up to 42 storeys high which would make it the tallest building in West London. It is thought the development will be mainly residential, with some office space. An artist's impression of the development does not accurately indicate the height of the project.

A company called 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'.

It is understood that representatives were holding pre-planning meetings with Hounslow Council and the plans are still evolving. We have asked them for more details but have yet to receive them.

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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.

Mr. Gottlieb was unavailable for comment. A spokesman for the company was unable to give information about the height of the development and said plans were still evolving for the site.

The developers 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

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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.”

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It was reported that Gateway Tower, a 42-storey mixed use development was being favoured for the site. That scheme would have been almost three times taller than the Octopus at 140m and incorporated 410 flats, a 140-room hotel, 4,170m2 of office space and a five-level spiral basement with 150 parking spaces.

However it is thought that the latest plan is significantly different, but as of yet, no concrete details have been released.


October 13, 2015

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