Ealing Council has approved a master plan for redeveloping a half-mile-long, narrow stretch of land on Bollo Lane, W4 in Acton. HOK Architecture’s design transforms under-utilised land along the Piccadilly and District London Underground lines into a vibrant live-work community.

The development will provide 852 new homes, including 50 percent affordable housing, and is being delivered by Transport for London (TfL).  The scheme consists of an undulating, accessible series of buildings ranging from 4 to 25 stories. The tallest one is a mixed-use tower near Chiswick Business Park that will be built alongside the Piccadilly line tracks. The proposed development includes 2,300 sqm of commercial space.

A new green corridor linking the Acton Town and Chiswick Park underground stations is central to the scheme. A series of public spaces and private terrace gardens will line a human-scaled colonnade that connects ground-level offices, maker spaces, shops, and cafés. This will be supported by renewable energy schemes including solar panels.

A dedicated service road runs along the tracks, supporting a ‘healthy streets’ approach and ensuring that Bollo Lane will be free of lay-bys and provide a safe pedestrian experience.

The development encompasses land currently used for operational space by TfL (including buildings and staff parking) as well as some small local businesses. On-site work could begin by the end of 2022.

“Our approach to placemaking and high-quality architecture seeks to reinforce the identity of the neighborhood and celebrate urban living while ensuring a lasting legacy for this development,” said David Weatherhead, RIBA, design principal for HOK. “It’s an exciting new way of thinking about transforming the under-utilised parcels of land that are so common around London’s transport infrastructure into wonderful spaces that enrich people’s lives.”

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