Assael Architecture wins planning for contested Riverside scheme
Eight-storey flats beside grade II* Hammersmith Bridge approved
Assael Architecture’s plans to redevelop Riverside Studios in Hammersmith were approved last night despite a campaign backed by Richard Rogers and Will Alsop.
The eight-storey mixed use scheme was opposed by the two architects and a number of actors and local residents who objected to the design on the grounds of its height and its impact on a lively back street that runs parallel to the Thames.
Riverside Studios’ management said the 165 flats, for client Mount Anvil and A2 Dominion, are the only way of funding necessary improvements to their facilities.
Hammersmith & Fulham council’s planning committee approved the eight-storey proposals yesterday despite accusations that the scheme was being rushed through before Christmas.
Mark Loveday, H&F’s cabinet member for strategy and communication, said: “The site has been run down for some time but this plan brings the riverside and this area back to life.
“The new studios will continue to develop the arts in our borough and will attract even more first-class acts to the borough than before. There will also be major community benefits from this scheme, with £3.2 million being spent on local transport, affordable housing, roads, parks, the riverside walk and playgrounds, health care, job opportunities and training, and education.”