1. How big is the site?
The Site is 1.85 hectares (4.57 acres) and comprises a 151,000 sqft office building, currently used as the headquarters of Dixon Carphone PLC, as well as a private road and 225 car parking spaces.
One Portal Way is the largest and most centrally-located site in North Acton and has the potential to be the new heart of the area – knitting other developments to form a new vibrant place.
2. What will happen to Dixons if your plans go ahead?
3. Wasn’t there already a consent for this site?
However we believe that more can be done to deliver benefits for North Acton and we want to hear your views on what the area needs and how our proposals can contribute to this.
4. Why are you updating the approved proposals?
5. Are you confident you will have sufficient demand for the commercial space in a post-COVID world?
With excellent public transport connections, North Acton could easily be positioned to attract the best businesses, jobs and investment, especially since market trends are increasingly showing a growing demand for flexible, high quality office space outside of the city centre.
The proposals also have the potential to support west London’s growing tech and innovation cluster, which Imperial is at the heart of. Although we are not proposing a new education campus at One Portal Way, the scheme could provide new and affordable places for the Capital’s current and future innovators to live, work and play.
6. How will this impact local infrastructure?
It should, however, be mentioned that the site is located very close to North Acton station as well as the future Crossrail and HS2 station at Old Oak and the proposals include but a small number of parking spaces, to encourage the use of public transport and green modes of travelling, wherever possible.
7. How much parking space are you providing?
8. How will you stop people from parking on the street?
As you are undoubtedly aware, the site benefits from excellent public transport links, with a PTAL rating of 6a – the best possible rating in London. Therefore we expect a lot of our future residents to be using public transport to get around.
9. If the proposals do not get approved, will you still build out the original masterplan?
10. When will this be built?
Should that be the case, Imperial and Frame are ready to start construction in 2024 (allowing time for Dixons to relocate to a new HQ building) with completion of the first buildings in 2027.
11. Are you holding any face-to-face meetings with the local community and/or Ealing Council?
12. Is there a need for more housing in the area?
13. Are you building more student halls?
14. Will there be more public consultation?
Yes. After this first phase of public consultation, we will review all the comments received and develop our scheme further in response to feedback. We will then hold a second phase of public consultation with you in July, before submitting a planning application in the autumn.