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Ealing Approve Darling Residential Tower

Plans by Darling Associates for a new 75.6 metre tall residential tower on Uxbridge Road in Ealing, West London, have been approved by the local council.

Lead by developer Frogmore Estates, the project features the demolition of Westel House, an obsolete sixties office building that was previously slated for renovation and is the tallest building in the area to this day.

In its place will be the construction of three new buildings consisting of a 111-bedroom four star hotel, a part 21 part 18 floor, 98-apartment tower aimed at the private residential market, and a low-rise 33 unit residential building aimed predominantly at families. Along the Uxbridge Road frontage a new landscaped space will be created.

The buildings, and in particular the tower present differing looks depending on from what angle they are viewed. When seen from the south which will be a common view thanks to the nearby locations of Walpole Park and Lammas Park, the tower presents an elegantly sharp profile, which contrasts with the broader and bulkier frontage visible along Craven Road with the architect having attempted to split the mass into two. The fašade of the building with its full height windows and balconies is clearly that of a residential one.

On the other hand, the hotel rises to 9-storeys and fits in with the neighbouring buildings rather than dominating like the tower. The fašade offered to Uxbridge Road features full height windows arranged in such a way as to create fashionable zigzagging vertical patterns and add a little zing to it.

With the backing of the local council, now all the developer and architect need to do is win over the Mayor's office, something easier said than done. If it does get the eventual go-ahead it will be the tallest building built in the borough for almost five decades.

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