Ealing Filmworks granted planning permission
Ealing Filmworks is set to transform the derlict site of the fomer Empire cinema site opposite the Town Hall on New Broadway, along with 14-16 Bond Street, Walpole House and Flava's Bar on Mattock Lane, into a high quality leisure desination. The proposed scheme will open up the site, creating new pedestrianised routes between Walpole Park, New Broadway and Bond Street.
The plans, which represent an investment of around £100 million, include:
- •a multi-screen cinema in the hearf of the scheme
- •commercial units for stops/restaurants, bars and cafes
- •a gallery/community space
- •up to 161 new homes including affordable homes
- •an outdoor screen
- •a flexible performance area with amphitheater-style seating.
Chris Wieszczycki, Principal Director at tp bennett and architect of the scheme said:
This is a great opportunity to create a distinctive leisure quarter, celebrating Ealing's links with the British film industry and it's wider cultural heritage. We see the square as the real heart of the scheme; creating a focus for urban life, with busy cafe and restaurant tables spilling out on to the pavements, clustered around a central public space staging street performances and summer cinema projections."
Riccardo Mai, Project Director at Land Securities said:
"This is a major step forward in finally delivering a high-quality cinema led regeneration on this site. We are dlieghted the commitee has recognised the wide-ranging benefits Ealing Filmworks will bring to local residents, shops, restuarants and businesses. We look forward to continuing to work with Ealing Council, residents and other stakeholders to profress the detailed plans."
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said : "Getting a ndew cineam in the town centre will be on many residents' Christmas wish lists and seeing this project move a step closer is excellent news. The council has been doing everything possible to see this derelict site brought back to life and we are firmly committedd to Land Securities building Ealing's new cinema quarter."