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Old August 14th, 2005, 09:12 PM   #1
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Westfield London | Shepherd's Bush | 1.6m sq ft

We lost the old thread in what will be known as the infamous July hacking.

Seeing as I live ten mins walk away and occasionally get rather good vantage points, I thought I'd start the thread again. Anyway..... here goes.

Construction Start 2004
Finish 2009



Originally proposed and started by Chelsfield, Elliot Bernard the company's founder sold out to Multiplex, Westfield and the Reuben Brothers in late 2004.

White City comprises 1.5million sq ft of retail shopping in West London. With this critical mass, White City will provide a major regional retail, catering and leisure destination of metropolitan scale. The project is being developed in partnership with Westfield who hold a 25% stake.

The White City Development involves a major regeneration that is to be built on a derelict site between Shepherd’s Bush and White City. Multiplex will be designing and building a 200,000m² shopping centre that includes four anchor stores and approximately 270 other retail outlets, a leisure complex spanning 13,000m², cinema, two new public transport hubs and 4500 car parking spaces. The development is spread over six levels, comprising three levels of car parking (two underground), two levels of retail and leisure complex at roof level. Once completed, it will have a capacity of over 25,000 patrons at one time.

Transport improvements work (£150m) include a new bus station along Wood Lane, a new rail station on the West London Line, a rebuilt Shepherd’s Bush underground station and an addition to the Tube map with a White City station built on the Hammersmith and City Line.

The site in early June from Aldine House (the offices of BPP Professional Education).



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Old August 14th, 2005, 10:31 PM   #2
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If anyone can find bigger or better renders of the scheme then you're better men than me - I've exhausted google et al and found nothing. Since the Chelsfield site was taken off line after the buy-out there seems to have been a total blackout on renders of the scheme. Bah!
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Old August 14th, 2005, 11:09 PM   #3
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Construction Start 2004
Finish 2009
how long !
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Old August 15th, 2005, 12:06 AM   #4
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how long !
It is but the site is massive, all those photos only show a part of the development. I am still undecided whether this is a good thing for White City/Shepherds Bush or not...
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Old August 15th, 2005, 09:36 AM   #5
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I could find only one large renders and guess what...its in black and white!



http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/Our_Borough/R...egyleaflet.htm
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Old August 15th, 2005, 09:46 AM   #6
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Aha after much trawling i have found some better ones

NW Bus Station


View from NE at the H junction


Protected street view looking South towards SW entrance


Aerial view from above Holland Park roundabout


New SW entrance square with library


Dusk view from Holland Park roundabout


http://www.ianritchiearchitects.co.uk/projects.html
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could they have come up with something a bit more iconic ?
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Old August 15th, 2005, 11:18 AM   #9
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could they have come up with something a bit more iconic ?
But is iconic necessarily better? I think is this case probably not.
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i dont know, perhaps your right
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Old August 15th, 2005, 12:59 PM   #11
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I am still undecided whether this is a good thing for White City/Shepherds Bush or not...
Me too. It's not a bad design, there is some housing, offices etc so it is mixed use to an extent, public transport is good, restrictions were placed on the number of parking spaces. All of that is good, but at the end of the day it is a shopping mall and I much prefer a bustling 24hr town centre with mixed styles, owners and all that.
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They could have easily built a new street layout with a destination public centre and lots of mixed architecture buildings, but oh no it is far less work to let a single developer rake in as much profit as possible and build a big flat shed ... this`ll have minimal long term adapatibilty with a life span of 20 years no doubt, I just dont know why we still do stuff like this!
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Old August 15th, 2005, 02:58 PM   #13
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They could have easily built a new street layout with a destination public centre and lots of mixed architecture buildings, but oh no it is far less work to let a single developer rake in as much profit as possible and build a big flat shed ... this`ll have minimal long term adapatibilty with a life span of 20 years no doubt, I just dont know why we still do stuff like this!
Reconcile yourself on the fact that at least the development isnt 20 miles outside the city centre.
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and it has a tube station! (cough Bluewater cough)
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Old August 15th, 2005, 03:29 PM   #15
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270 shops?

How many shops does Bluewater have?

How many shops does Brent Cross have? Only about 100 or something? So it's gonna be big then!

I'm all up for shopping centers cos I'm a compulsive shopper.
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Old August 15th, 2005, 03:37 PM   #16
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Hehe, originally the development started with like 100 shops but it seems to have got bigger and bigger...maybe they did some surveys and saw the demand for a mega shopping complex in West London.
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a huge shopping centre with a tube station. Sounds good to me. Although I much prefer shopping online, or smaller places out and about, this will be an addition to London.
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hopefully it will spurn Oxford and Regents Street onto greater heights
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hopefully it will spurn Oxford and Regents Street onto greater heights
good point.
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good work team - I think Madman's black and white image is the most recent iteration of the design with the curved sail sort of roof in the middle.

In terms of transport, the new Shepherd's bush tube and bus interchange will be most welcome, as will the extra stop on the West London line, meaning the site will be literally 10 mins from Clapham Junction via West Brompton and Kensington Olympia.

I'm a bit sniffy about shopping centres in general, but this will be an amazing boost for Shepherd's Bush which has been undergoing a bit of a renaissance recently.

The nighttime render by dayrelease also shows the scope of the site. truely enormous. By the way, the outdoor walking shop which was next to the tuve station (and was the front of the old paintballing/gokarting bit) shut a couple of weeks back due to the Tube station development which I presume means construction should be imminent.
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