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London West: One Portal Way, Acton Towers Ahead

Posted by UK Property Forums on 3rd December 2021 -

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The Old Oak Common Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC) has received a hybrid (part full/part outline) planning application to redevelop 1 Portal Way, North Acton. 

The applicant is Imperial College London.

Pibrow and Partners submitted the hybrid design for seven buildings ranging from six storeys to 55. The site was the former head offices of Dixons Carphone Warehouse and LOVEFiLM International, next to the M40.

Consultation ends on the January 8.

Full (detailed) planning permission is requested for the following in Phase 1:

  • Building A – Ground plus 55 storeys building, providing a total of 461 residential units (Class C3) and 98 sq m of flexible commercial/community/town centre uses (Class E/F), with associated cycle parking and amenity spaces.
  • Building F – Ground plus 18 storey building, providing 384 co-living units (Sui Generis), 637 sq m of co-working space (Class E), and 128 sq m of flexible commercial/community/town centre uses (Classes E/F), with associated cycle parking and amenity spaces.
  • The creation of 4,344 sq m of public open space.
  • Public realm upgrades to Portal Way
  • Temporary provision of 15 Blue Badge car parking spaces and 800 sq m of meanwhile play space provision (with full permanent provision to be delivered in later phases).

Outline planning permission is sought for the following:

  • Building B – Ground plus up to 18 storeys, providing up to 17,477 sq m of office floorspace (Class E) and up to 240 sq m of flexible commercial/community/town centre uses (Classes E/F).
  • Building C – Ground plus up to 50 storeys, providing up to 398 residential units (Class C3) and up to 159 sq m of flexible commercial/community/town centre uses (Class E/F).
  • Building D1 – Ground plus up to 16 storeys, providing up to 11,807 sq.m of a hotel (Class C1), with up to 260 rooms, or providing up to 11,633 sq m of office floorspace (Class E) and up to 174 sq m of flexible commercial/community/town centre uses (Class E/F).
  • Building D2 – Ground plus up to six storeys providing up to 53 residential units (Class C3) and 1,098 sq m of flexible commercial/community/town centre uses (Class E).
  • Building E – Ground plus up to 50 storeys, providing up to 413 residential units (Class C3) and up to 128 sq m of flexible commercial/community/town centre uses (Class E).
  • Below ground – two levels of below-ground space providing up to 5,901 sq m back of house space (including plant, cycle and car parking) ancillary to the residential development, up to 2,372 sq m of flexible commercial/community/town centre uses, with up to 4,774 sq m of the back of house space (including plant, cycle and car parking) ancillary to the broader flexible commercial/community/town centre uses on the site.
  • A further 3,239 sq m of the remaining public open space.
  • Further public realm upgrades to Portal Way.
  • A total of 2,895 sq m of play space provision (including replacement/reconfigured provision of the 800 sq m from Phase 1).
  • The creation of up to 1,642 cycle parking spaces.
  • Up to 106 vehicle parking spaces (including 44 Blue Badge spaces).

The new development is next to the new hotel development approved by Ealing Council in February 2020.

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