Aukett Fitzroy Robinson wins planning for controversial Imperial College scheme
The first phase of a new campus in Hammersmith designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson for Imperial College London, has been granted planning consent despite a hammering from Cabe.
The project, which includes accommodation for postgraduate students and staff with families, is the first part of Dutch practice OMA’s £2 billion masterplan for the area to go ahead.
The Aukett job will see the demolition of the majority of existing vacant buildings, formerly home to BBC Worldwide Services.
In its place will be four interconnected buildings ranging from three to ten-storeys and providing 608 units of student accommodation and nine three-bedroom flats.
Peter Eaton of Aukett Fitzroy Robinson said: “This consent creates the momentum for the next phase’s development within the masterplan and will undoubtedly act as a catalyst for further regeneration in the wider White City opportunity area.”
But ahead of last week’s approval, Cabe had said the sustainability targets of Code level 3 and Breeam very good “do not reflect Imperial College’s reputation for excellence and innovation”.
Cabe also requested the public realm and ground-floor layout of the buildings were revisited to ensure coherency with the overall masterplan; something that was addressed as part of the planning conditions.
Imperial College London acquired the 3ha site from the BBC in September last year, and plans to build new research and development laboratories, business incubator units and a school of public health on the land.
Work for the first phase is scheduled to be finished by September 2012.