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Ealing Approve Arcadia Centre Plans

The revised plans for the Arcadia Centre in Ealing, West London, have been approved by the local council despite much howling from residents who oppose the scheme.

With an 85.7 metre tall tower designed by Foster and Partners and a series of lower rise buildings by HKR, the proposals replaced an earlier much larger tower that would have stood 143 metres tall. Marking a substantial height increase.

Gone too is the distinctive leaf design replaced instead by a block with four vertical sections with curving corners that allow flats to be triple aspect where normally they would only have views in two directions. It features an undulating louvered metal fašade and an almost entirely clear semi-transparent glass crown.

The proposals include 567 apartments, a reduction from 704, with 97 featured in the main tower. There will also be new landscaped public areas at ground level and a large amount of retail built that should help drag Ealing kicking and screaming into the 21st century as a shopping venue.

The approval by Ealing council is the first step in the process towards getting the full go-ahead for developer Glenkerrin. The next step will be the green light from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson who has already indicated, despite the political flak he could take from his supporters on the issue, that he will approve the scheme.

The naysayers assert that the Mayor would be betraying his electoral promises if he did the Arcadia Centre the thumbs up, but Boris will claim it was the previous scheme he opposed and this one is obviously much different.

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