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Proposals for a state-of-the-art cinema set within a vibrant new leisure destination, known as Ealing Filmworks, have just been been unveiled by Land Securities. The Ealing Filmworks plans are for the derelict site of the former Ealing cinema, the building currently home to Ealing YMCA, Flava’s Bar and Grill and Walpole House. The proposals will celebrate Ealing’s rich cinematic history and bring a long-awaited cinema back to the town centre.

Land Securities will run a public consultation on its Ealing Filmworks plans on 28 and 29 June in Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre and intends to submit a planning application to Ealing Council later in the summer.

Ealing Filmworks will provide a mix of film related cultural facilities and feature restaurants, cafés and bars. Land Securities will be seeking ideas from the local community on the cultural facilities that can be delivered as part of Ealing Filmworks. Ideas currently include a flexible, outdoor performance area located at the heart of the Filmworks, bringing with it the potential for exciting performance art, gallery space and an outdoor cinema screen.

These plans represent a major investment in Ealing. The plans will deliver approximately 150 much-needed new homes and create around 350 new jobs for local people. It is anticipated that Ealing Filmworks will be delivered in 2018, adding to the momentum created in Ealing’s economy by Crossrail.

Nick Davis, Development Director at Land Securities, said:

“We see this as an opportunity to do something very special in Ealing. Subject to planning consent we would bring a multiplex cinema back to New Broadway and create a film quarter that will offer visitors a ‘one-of-a-kind’ experience. Ealing Filmworks takes inspiration from Ealing’s film history, which organisations like Ealing Studios helped to create. We look forward to working closely with Ealing Council and the local community to deliver our vision for a new film quarter. We plan to open the new cinema and restaurants in 2017 and complete the residential development in 2018.”

Leader of Ealing Council, Julian Bell said:

“After waiting more than four years, I am delighted that we are finally seeing progress on the Ealing cinema site. These consultations give local people the opportunity to see the proposed plans and provide comments as the site is rebuilt. I urge residents to come forward and give us their views on these designs in order help shape the future of this long awaited development for the heart of Ealing.”

Ealing Filmworks will create new pedestrianised streets opening up the land currently occupied by the derelict cinema site, Ealing YMCA, Walpole House and Flava’s Bar and Grill for pedestrian use. This will improve pedestrian connections in the town centre and link New Broadway, Bond Street and Walpole Park. As part of the plans to celebrate Ealing’s heritage, Land Securities will retain and refresh the façade of the former cinema and the original Walpole Picture House archway.

The public exhibition will take place on 28 June between 2pm – 7pm and on 29 June between 10am – 3pm in Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre on The Broadway. For more information, call the Ealing Filmworks hotline on: 020 7323 3544 or email the team at:

About the site:

• The proposals are for land between New Broadway, Bond Street and Mattock Lane
• The plans will use land currently occupied by Flava’s Bar and Grill, Walpole House and the Ealing YMCA building, as well as the derelict site of the former cinema building
• The façade of the former cinema building and the original Walpole Picture House archway will all be retained, refurbished and reused in Ealing Filmworks

The plans:

The plans will deliver a high-quality leisure destination, including:

• A new state of the art multi-screen cinema
• A mix of restaurants, cafés and bars at ground floor level
• Approximately 150 much-needed new homes
• New pedestrianised streets linking New Broadway, Bond Street and Walpole Park

They also include the potential to deliver a range of cultural facilities. Land Securities is seeking the view of the local community about this; ideas for cultural facilities currently include:

• A new, flexible gallery space that could be used for film-based projects and other community uses.
• A flexible, outdoor performance space surrounded by amphitheatre style seating that could be used by local community and performance groups
• An outdoor cinema screen and projection pod

Planning history:

The Ealing Cinema site was formally owned by Empire, which operated the cinema until its closure in 2008. The cinema building was demolished in 2009, but the locally listed façade was retained.

Empire had several planning applications for a replacement cinema approved by Ealing Council; the first in 2004 and the most recent in November 2011. The Empire land is now in the hands of receivers employed to negotiate its sale.

In late 2012, Ealing Council invited proposals for a new development partner to help speed up the delivery of a new cinema. Land Securities was selected as Ealing Council’s preferred development partner in December 2012.

Ealing Council has announced its intention to issue a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to acquire the Ealing Cinema site. A CPO is the legal means Ealing Council intends to use to obtain ownership of the site and ensure that a new cinema in Ealing can be delivered without further delay.

About Land Securities:

Land Securities is the largest commercial property company in the UK. Founded in 1944 it is a FTSE 100 company with an established reputation for delivery of major projects. The company has a strong track record of delivering innovative, high-quality town centre regeneration and creating leisure destinations both in London and across the UK. Land Securities’ recent developments in London include Cardinal Place in Victoria and One New Change adjacent to St Paul’s.

Land Securities is an experienced and well-funded developer committed to delivering a unique, high-quality leisure and entertainment destination in Ealing.

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11th June 2013




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