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Transport to the fore in White City development

WEST LONDON will get an ambitious new transport interc hange as part of a massive development project planned for the White City area.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council planning department is considering proposals for a 450M retail-led, mixed use scheme from developer Chelsfield. A decision is expected in March.

The project has brought together engineers Waterman and Halcrow with architects Ian Ritchie and Benoy to remodel the landscape of the inner- city area.

A vast high-tech tent characterises the scheme, located close to the M4 and M41 motorways. Permission granted, work would begin with construction of a new junction to minimise disruption to local traffic.

The proposal also involves building a new bus depot, a railway station and a major rehabilitation of the Central and Hammersmith & City Line Underground stations. The scheme would provide London Underground with a new subterranean Central Line maintenance depot.

Road and underground works are to be funded by Chelsfield and it is also to make a substantial contribution to Railtrack towards the cost of building the railway station.

Chelsfield hopes it can break ground by mid-1999 and complete construction of the 60,000m2 space by mid-2003.

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