Ealing Council set to approve 59 flat development in Hanwell Town Centre beside Lidl

Plans for 57 homes and shops at 64-66 and 70-88 Uxbridge Road in Hanwell look set to be approved at an Ealing Council planning meeting next week as officers recommend approval

The site is famous as the including the site where Jim Marshall and Son music shop was
established at 76 Uxbridge Road in 1962. The same Marshall name famous across the world for producing amps.

The current buildings will not be winning any awards for their architecture.

Courtesy Google

The new Marshall building will potentially include a museum on Marshall amps and the significant impact they have made on music in the 20th century and beyond.

Not just a museum

Alongside a museum there will be three new retail units fronting the Uxbridge Road plus:

• 59 residential units
• A new loading and disabled parking bay on the Uxbridge Road
• 608 Square Metres of residential amenity space  including allotment space and play facilities

Personally I don’t think much of the design. The tower element will draw the attention of many but for me the low rise section is pretty dire. The brick choice appear extremely drab with very dark and overbearing colour chosen.

There is also little difference between street level and upper floors.

The developers also mention aspirations of an open space beside the building but this is dependent on neighboring land owners.

The building design has evolved over time with the inclusion and positioning of a tower altering since July 2016.

Courtesy Google. Underused land for town centre site

In time I expect the adjacent Lidl to be redeveloped. It’s a large site with an expansive car park and no homes despite the big need for housing London, and will be five minutes from Crossrail/Elizabeth Line.

A new store could incorporate car parking underneath the shop with homes above.

This proposal joins a flurry of others in Hanwell, including flats on the former RSPCA site covered here and 283 homes planned on the site of Wickes.

The agenda for next week’s council planning meeting can be seen here.

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