Frequently Asked Questions

Below you can find the answers to frequently asked questions on the proposals for 255 Hammersmith Road. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the team via the Contact page.

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The existing building is no longer fit for purpose. Issues include dated office space that has poor sustainability, accessibility issues.  Mechanical and electrical services are at the end of their serviceable live, and the façade is coming to the end of its 25-year life cycle.

We will deliver a number of public benefits for the local residents and business community:

  • Activation of the ground floor by creating a multi-use community space, the Urban Village Hall
  • Enhanced public realm
  • Bring new jobs and business to the local area
  • Provide space for local businesses and retail
  • Improve surrounding streetscape by increasing connectivity around the site

We are implementing significant, market-leading energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives.  The building will improve its EPC rating to A from the current rating of E.

Our plans include new mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) design to achieve highest building and operational carbon targets.

We will also be significantly contributing to the urban greening of the site, increasing local biodiversity.

Our sustainability targets include:

    • BREEAM rating of “Outstanding”.
    • NABERS 5.5 – Design for performance and in use
    • Net Zero (UKGBC 2030)
    • EPC A
    • WELL Enabled
    • Active Score “Platinum”
    • An energy intensity of Max 70 kWh/m2 (GIA)/yr and at least 65% below Part-L
    • WiredScore “Platinum”

“Net zero carbon” in buildings refers to achieving a balance between the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions produced by the building and the amount of CO2 removed from the atmosphere or offset through various measures.

This typically involves minimising the building’s operational carbon emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and then compensating for any remaining emissions by investing in carbon removal or offset projects.

The ultimate goal is for the building’s carbon emissions to be effectively neutralized, resulting in no net contribution to atmospheric carbon levels.

We submitted our planning application for the site in November 2023.

The application will be decided by Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Planning and Development Control Committee.

The application is currently scheduled to be determined in Spring 2024. We will provide updates when an exact date is confirmed.

The building will be retrofitted so will not increase significantly in height.  We are adding two additional levels, but these will only just bring the building in line with the neighbouring 245 Hammersmith Road and, at 11 (Ground +10) storeys, will be considerably shorter than the plans approved for the Metro Building next door. Our proposed increased massing will sit comfortably within the surrounding contact and views.

We have launched this consultation website so you can give your feedback ahead of the projects determination at committee.

A detailed construction plan will accompany the planning application, and this plan will set out how we intend to minimise impact our retrofit will have on near neighbours.

Works to the building will be significantly less disruptive than demolition and new build. We will seek to manage any impacts with a robust construction management plan.