Fosters and HKR's high rise design rejected by UK Communities Secretary
Glenkerrin UK has 6 weeks to appeal a decision by UK Communities Secretary John Denham to reject the Foster + Partners and HKR design for the Arcadia mixed-use scheme in London's Ealing. The client's scheme was referred to Denham for a decision in January instead of Ealing Council as there were concerns that the design for the redesigned shopping centre 'may conflict with national policies on important matters', according to the planning decision.
Denham's decision was made on 7 December stating that: "...although the application proposal is broadly in compliance with the development plan in many respects, there are significant areas of conflict, most particularly in relation to design principles and conservation."
Permission for the demolition of several buildings necessary to deliver the project across the 4.2 acre site was refused in the decision, making the proposal very unlikely to succeed through appeal.
Arcadia's design encompasses 6 buildings for mixed use purpose including 17,279 sq m of retail, a 24 storey housing tower with 567 residences, 490 sq m of office space and 1,363 sq m of restaurants and cafes.
Foster + Partners were unable to comment at time of publishing.
Niki May Young