Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Westfield Expansion - How It Will Look

How it will look. Image: Westfield, all rights reserved
Shepherd's Bush is officially a Regeneration Zone - meaning that our Council has targeted it for special incentives and opportunities for redevelopment. Part of the forthcoming big changes to the area are the northward expansion of Westfield - encompassing much of what is now a semi-industrial site running north along Wood Lane. Wood Lane will be completely transformed if the plans go ahead.

John Lewis - coming in 2017
Not only is Westfield expanding north, but the UGLI building on Wood Lane is also set to be redeveloped (subject to planning permission), creating lots of new flats and also a new park. You can see the park in the image above - it will run alongside the Hammersmith and City Underground line.

In late September the developer St James held an open day to showcase their plans. The new St James' White City development will (if granted planning permission) be built on the current M&S warehouse, located behind the UGLI building on Wood Lane.

The plans are very ambitious, involving a number of big residential towers and a brand new park which will create much-needed green space in the Borough. South of the railway line, the park will connect up with the northern extension of the new Westfield development.

Few locals will object to the park, I'm sure, though it won't be huge. Enough space to throw a frisbee around - but not much more. You can see a bird's eye view below.

The new park seen from above. Copyright Westfield.

You can see more about St James's plans by following this link:  http://www.stjameswhitecity.com/consultation/consultation-material/ Local residents are being encouraged to submit their views on the proposals.

You can see more on the UGLI proposals by following this link.

And you can read more about the expansion of Westfield at this BBC news story. The biggest tenant will be John Lewis, opening in 2017, and the new expansion will also include 1,347 new homes, mostly flats.
John Lewis - How it Will Look. Copyright Westfield

To visit Westfield's official site and see their plans ind detail, follow this link.  Westfield does not have planning permission to remove the listed DIMCO buildings (where scenes from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) were filmed, but this is described at their website as one of their "aspirations for the future", in order to create "a spectacular new civic square which could provide a variety of uses throughout the year".

DIMCO Buildings - home of the ACME warehouse in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
For more on the latest Westfield expansion, see this recent article at GetWestLondon.


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