The planned conversion of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ former Hammersmith HQ into a high-end apartment scheme has reportedly been shelved due to current market woes.
The prominent riverside site has consent for a £35m project involving a demolition of the existing structure and replacement with two buildings of up to nine storeys, delivering 57 homes, plus restaurant and office space.
But according to the Architects’ Journal, landlord London & Regional and former employee Marco Goldschmied are “no longer willing to pay the £6.5m planning contribution agreed when permission was granted in 2015”.
Goldschmied said: “We have taken the view that for a number of reasons it is not the right time to redevelop the consented permission and have been letting the premises for leases of between five and seven years.”
It sounds like the new plan is to refurb the existing building to incorporate a communal workspace, a rented workshop area, a yoga studio, and a health food restaurant.
RHSP moved into the Cheesegrater last year after more than three decades at Thames Wharf Studios.