|New Music Venue Planned on Site of Historic Ealing Club|
Proposals also include space for boutique cinema
Plans for a major new music venue on the site of the historic Ealing Club have been submitted as part of the redevelopment of the town centre.
Benson Elliot own a large part of the area opposite Ealing Broadway Station, which was formerly the highly controversial Glenkerrin 'Arcadia' scheme.
It's now known as 9-42 The Broadway, and the company has been consulting with the public for more than a year to seek local views about the redevelopment.
There was concern over various initial proposals, one of which included demolishing the famous Ealing Club, but now Benson Elliot say a number of amendments have been made.
Working with local music heritage experts to design a new 5,000 sq ft sound-proofed and fully-accessible music venue on the plot of the 1960’s Ealing Club, to host live music plus other attractions such as performing arts, comedy and screenings. The venue will be linked to a bar/restaurant above, affording a much more prominent entrance close to the station and space to deliver a contemporary food and visitor experience.
The plans for a music venue have been welcomed. Robert Salmons, Artistic Director of the Ealing Blues Festival and a Director of the Ealing Club Community Interest Company, said:
Peter Cornforth, Director of Retail at Benson Elliot, said:
“As a passionate supporter of live music over many years, it’s not hard to appreciate the very real challenges currently facing music venues in the capital. Hopefully our project in Ealing can lead the way in showing a sensible, sustainable and dynamic approach to developing a contemporary live music opportunity, seamlessly integrated into its surroundings and with its neighbours.”
The 26 storey tower which had been originally proposed and was dubbed 'the leaf' under Glenkerrin's Arcadia scheme has now been scaled down to 18 storeys.
There will be a new pedestrian route, to be known as Haven Place, between Ealing Broadway station and The Broadway,around 20 new shops, with room for independents, and 191 home swith a shared set of gardens at the upper level, linked by bridges.
Ealing Council will start its own consultation on the proposals and is expected to make a decision on the plans later this year.
For further information visit www.9-42TheBroadway.com
16th July 2015