Mixed-use scheme will see housing built alongside space for automotive firms

Fourth Mile, Reef Group & Blackrock Real Assets. Indicative image (1)

A £1bn mixed-use scheme designed by Benoy in west London has been approved by Hounslow council.

Fourth Mile, beside the elevated Great West Road in Chiswick, a major artery into London, will be a 234-home development with a luxury 197-bed hotel, retail and leisure units as well as a square. Of the 234 apartments, 40% will be affordable homes and 65% family-sized units, and will be designed to be carbon neutral.

It will also feature a ”technology showcase” which Benoy described as a dedicated events and exhibition space for automotive brands.

Fourth Mile, Reef Group & Blackrock Real Assets. Indicative image (2)

Fourth Mile is a joint venture between Blackrock Real Assets and Reef Group whose chief executive Stewart Deering said it was a “pioneering new scheme, which will see essential new homes side by side with companies that are leading the way in automotive technology and innovation”.

He added: “The scheme is set to become a vibrant mixed-use development underpinned by principles of sustainability.”

The plans for the Chiswick development include onsite micro power generation, ground and air source pumps, solar panels, rainwater capturing, and the providing of electric vehicle charging. Benoy is aiming for the technology showcase to be Breeam outstanding.

As part of the planning approval the developer will make a £3.2m contribution towards improvements at nearby Gunnersbury and Kew Bridge stations, as well as to other sustainable travel measures.