|White City Place - as proposed|
The new buildings will be called Gateway West, Gateway Central and Gateway East.
According to Stanhope, the new Gateway buildings "will provide 100,043 sq m (1,075,000 sq ft) of space and create 8,000 new jobs".
According to Stanhope, the Gateway development "will complete White City Place as the major business hub in west London totalling over 2 m sq ft.", including "extensive public realm improvements" as well as "the creation of a central square".
The three new proposed buildings will be in addition to the existing buildings at White City Place (formerly BBC White City, or BBC media Village): MediaWorks and Garden House, Broadcast Centre, Energy Centre and Lighthouse.
North of White City Place is the massive new Imperial College White City Campus, which is "co-locating research, entrepreneurs, established companies and global corporations on a scale unprecedented in London".
And let's not forget the expansion of Westfield, with a new John Lewis to open in 2018 alongside "more than 420 stores", adding 51,000 square metres of new space, making it most likely the largest shopping mall in the UK.
It's an astonishing pace of change. But are the steel and glass buildings proposed for White City Place beautiful additions to our neighbourhood? Maybe.
|St James development - more steel and glass towers|
But Stanhope is keen to assure locals that the new buildings will be vibrant and buzzing, and that they are trying their best to integrate all this shiny new office space with attractive shops, independent restaurants and a pedestrian-friendly environment.
Let's hope they manage to pull it off.
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