Imperial College Submits Proposals For Wood Lane Site

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 75 months ago
Imperial College Submits Proposals For Wood Lane Site
Artist's impression of the new public square
Artist's impression of the new public square
Wood Lane Studios: postgrad accommodation currently under construction
Wood Lane Studios: postgrad accommodation currently under construction
Artist's impression of the view looking north up Wood Lane
Artist's impression of the view looking north up Wood Lane
Artist's impression of the new technology building and open square
Artist's impression of the new technology building and open square

Imperial College has submitted plans for the next phase of "Imperial West", being built on the old BBC Wood Lane site.

The first four student accommodation blocks will be finished in August, but Imperial has high hopes for the rest of the land. Its website describes

a genuine mixed use development which, in conjunction with the land south of the Westway, will provide a balanced development creating jobs, homes and leisure opportunities

The planning application definitely lives up to those ambitions. As well as postgrad facilities and a new building for health and biomedical research, there will be space for technology start-ups under the Imperial Innovations banner, around 220 new homes in a 34 storey tower block, a four star hotel, shops, healthcare services and a nursery, and a new public space roughly the size of Soho Square.

Imperial hopes 2,500 jobs will be created by the construction and operation of the site.

Last Updated 10 January 2012

Jimhealey1

Soon to be coming to a plot near you - and that's a promise.

Canary Wharf here we come.... The councillor came round to our houses to understand views - he left me with the dark news that this is just the very start of many many high rise buildings to come. 

Forward the clock and imagine our world of:

- reduced light in the day
- increased beacon of light at night
- overpowering skyline
- busy roads
- noisy evenings 

....our village atmosphere lost to a mountain of concrete.

We really have very little voice in all of this. Imperial started work on the new site presenting everyone with rose tinted glasses. We now learn that this was a screen for something very different indeed. Local residents support no more, although do they need our support now? Dumb we now become - hope also that we will be able to become blind to this.  

Let this development commence and we are soon all to be 'enjoying' this in our own back yards - and that's a promise from your local councillor....

Where do you live Mr councillor - soon to be coming to a plot near you??

A desperately unhappy and betrayed Resident of Shinfield Street.