As the headline suggests, during the last month some observant neighbours may have seen film crews in and around the site, particularly near the corner of Nassau and Riding House Street. Whilst we were not able to inform neighbours in advance and are unable to divulge which movie it will be, we can say that the unique nature of this development site in Central London has proved an ideal scene for a big-budget ‘international suspense thriller’. Those with a keen eye would have also recognised the well-known Hollywood actor and may recognise the scene when the movie is released in 2013.
Work continues as planning consent issued
An important project milestone was reached last month as full planning consent was received following completion of the s106 agreement, which formalises the package of community benefits and contributions.
Open-air art gallery installed on Mortimer Street
If you have walked along Mortimer Street over the last few weeks you will have seen the new open-air gallery installation on our hoarding. We are delighted to have teamed up with local and well-regarded art gallery Diemar/Noble Photography to bring the neighbourhood an impromptu street show of a stunning collection of images. Taken from a competition called ‘The Fitzrovia Photography Prize’, this inaugural competition showcases a range of breathtaking and extraordinary everyday moments of Fitzrovia. They were captured by photographers based locally, nationally and internationally, all taken within a mile radius of the site.
Redevelopment of Middlesex site approved
As you may have read in the press, planning approval (subject to completion of legal agreement) for the full redevelopment of this site was given to our proposed scheme on the 2nd February 2012 by Westminster City Council’s Planning Committee. Works shall continue on site under our previous Enabling Works Consent (granted in December) through to April.
Naturally we are very excited about the prospect of bringing this unique site back to life and delivering much need housing (including affordable homes), community facilities, commercial office, retail and restaurant space and public open space.
Enabling works commence on the Middlesex site
Planning consent was received in November for a separate Enabling Works package. This package is separate from our main planning application for the redevelopment of the site.
As explained in the previous Newsletter, the Enabling Works package relates to preparatory works which allow the developer to prepare the site whilst our main planning application is being considered. This also helps mitigate the amount of traffic movements in the West End during the middle of 2012 (which is expected to be busy with the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee).