Blink and you’ll miss it

If you blink, you might miss something! That’s the beauty of living and working in Hammersmith & Fulham these days. It’s impossible not to watch and marvel at the many ways the borough is changing, shifting and adapting. And 2013 could be one of the busiest years in recent memory.

Let’s start with last Friday night. The office was invited for a swish party thrown by St Peters Place developer Crest Nicholson to celebrate the first sales of their new one and two-bedroom King Street apartments. They aren’t built, of course. The large site at Young’s Corner where Goldhawk Road hits King Street is still as flat as a pancake. The builders are still busy drinking luxury tea at the new Artisan coffee shop. But it didn’t stop the party, which even boasted bouncers and a semi-scrum to see the showroom units, held way down near Turnham Green Church. 

One of the new flats could already be yours if you were willing to part with at least £530,000 but not more than £790,000 for the pleasure. That’s an impressive price for 1 or 2 bedroom flats in Hammermsith – and property owners across the street in Westcroft Square must be rubbing their hands with glee! The future is looking bright for this affluent corner – especially as next January will see the big reveal on the 3 and 5 bedroom townhouses! I hope my invitation doesn’t get lost in the post…

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, another developer is unveiled their vision of the future for the BBC’s Television Centre. The historic site was sold by the BBC last summer for the tidy sum of £200m. And this week the Beeb and Stanhope held a series of public exhibitions to show off the proposed scheme, which will include new homes for parts of the BBC. If you missed it, the final day of the exhibition is tomorrow (Saturday) at the White City Community Centre in India Road, W12, from 10am-4pm. But don’t worry – the Blue Peter Garden is safe from the bulldozers! It will be opened to the public as part of the new-look TV Centre.

Last, and certainly not least, spare a thought for the Hammersmith Palais. It made musical history many times over before it was demolished. But the work to create the new student digs is cranking up as the storeys pile on. Walking past the other day, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the way the Lawrie Arms pub has stubbornly refused to move – it’s flanked on three sides by the building works. Its neighbouring pub at the Old Fire Station was recently auctioned by an Icelandic company that got into financial hot water and it is set to become a branch of Japanese restaurant Wagamama!

Fill your boots friends – and hold on for the ride!