Legal & General Property (LGP) has secured resolution to grant consent for the redevelopment of 245 Hammersmith Road, formerly known as Bechtel House, from the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham’s planning applications committee.
The Sheppard Robson-designed scheme is arranged over 10 floors to provide 242,000 sq ft of flexible office accommodation and 13,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space at ground level. Completion is targeted for summer 2017.
LGP bought the 1980s office block property in August 2012. The new design reduces the mass of the development by forming the building from two parallel wings that are connected by a central core. The development will be stepped back from Hammersmith Road, creating a new plaza at the front that leads through to a podium garden. A funicular lift mediates the 26 ft change of level between the two external spaces.
Sheppard Robson architect Mark Kowal said: “The ambition and drive behind this project is to create a significant piece of contemporary architecture and a sense of place that responds to the adjacent Brook Green Conservation Area whilst also helping embed this new development within its surroundings. Through rethinking the form of the building we have created a sequence of outdoor spaces that connect the building to Hammersmith Road as well as unlocking the potential of the central garden space which is currently underused. We are now working on completing the detailed design and look forward for the project starting on-site next year.”