Green light for Arcadia Centre plans

by Jim Dunton Thu 13 June 2013, 5:14 pm

Real-estate investor Benson Elliot's plans to convert Ealing's Arcadia Shopping Centre into two large stores with a restaurant at the building's focal-point corner, have been given the green light.

Ealing Council’s planning committee this week gave its backing to the scheme, which will see the 25-year-old building re-faced and re-named 1-8 The Broadway W5, subject to conditions.

The proposals will allow TK Maxx to take over the whole of the building’s first floor, while a new Morrison’s food store will take over the ground floor, and McDonalds will move from its current location in the building to the south-west corner of the site.

Benson Elliot said its Allies + Morrison-designed plans for the centre would see the building transformed from its current “mish-mash” of small traders, and given a “crisp and contemporary” exterior.

Ahead of their decision, committee members were advised that the proposed development “would contribute positively to the viability and vitality” of Ealing town centre and help to make up for a "lack of larger retail units" in the area.

Benson Elliot acquired the 2.8 acre Arcadia portfolio, which includes the shopping centre, for around £40 million in December last year.

Plans for the remainder of the site are still under development.

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