Agreement Inked for Octopus Building in Chiswick
Development of a new office property in Chiswick, dubbed the Octopus, has now been given the go-ahead despite initial objections from members of Hounslow Council.
The 164 ft tall building, which has been designed by architects MAKE, will be constructed alongside the M4 by Chiswick Roundabout and is set to bring over 53,000 sq ft of retail and office space to the area along with a rooftop garden and public viewing gallery. A number of environmentally friendly measures will be built in, including solar shading, borehole cooling and rainwater harvesting.
A large LED front will display artwork and advertising messages to users of the M4 and the Great West Road.
The green light was finally given last week, although the council initially rejected the proposal last April over concerns of the size of the advertising space and the possibility that it could distract drivers. There were also claims that the building would harm the quality of the surrounding area.
However London Mayor Boris Johnson and the Design Council CABE have given their approval, and according to Councillor Steve Curran, vice chairman of the committee, it has received significant support from both council members and the Brentford Chamber of Commerce.
“We felt it would bring jobs and regeneration to the area,” he said, adding that several members felt that the building design is “iconic”.
Kim Gottlieb, Managing Director of building developer London & Bath Estates, said that they have taken on board the comments and made some significant changes to the design, resolving any concerns over safety of road users.
Commenting on the reaction to the building, Kim added: “For one of the world’s greatest cities, a truly iconic building to mark the entrance along its primary transport route is long overdue. When one of the councillors said ‘it’s bold, it’s brash, it’s in your face’ I thought thank goodness someone’s got it. This is meant to be a 24-hour, modern, vibrant, top-three world capital city. Let’s give it the architecture it deserves.”
Kim added that the Octopus will create a “point of focus and attract interest”, which would also create up to 350 jobs and provide an economic boost “at a time when this is sorely needed.”
Construction of The Octopus is set to start in the second half of next year.
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