Council to revamp Hammersmith

Town hall extension to be demolished.

A seven-storey “eyesore” built in the 1960s is being knocked down to make way for a public square. Hammersmith & Fulham council in west London has unveiled plans to demolish its concrete town hall extension — which was voted by amenity groups as the ugliest building in the borough — to create a piazza. This will be the centrepiece of a £100m regeneration of Hammersmith’s King Street shopping -district and will open up views of the art deco façade of the town hall. Cabinet member for strategy councillor Mark Loveday said: “We will be able regenerate the whole of this part of King Street, with a much needed public open space.” The council is tendering a development brief to explore the development potential of the extension, before deciding which, if any, scheme to pursue. The options being considered for the site include — in addition to the public square — more retail, office and housing space and a cinema.

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