LED clad Octopus building gets green light
Planning permission has been given for a controversial office block that will be shrouded in LED exterior cladding, reports the Construction Enquirer.
Local councillors have finally agreed that construction on the 50,000 sq ft Octopus building can go ahead, following initial concerns that the LED cladding might distract drivers, owing to its proximity to the M4 on the Chiswick Roundabout. A subsequent independent public enquiry found there would be no risk.
The LED panels will feature a mixture of advertising and public art. The building itself will comprise retail and office space along with a rooftop garden and viewing gallery.
According to officebroker.com, several eco-friendly elements will be implemented in the building’s construction, including solar shading and rainwater harvesting.
The proposals have received overwhelming support from local residents, from the Design Council CABE and from Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Plans for a truly iconic building
Not only is the building being viewed as an iconic “point of focus and interest”; a landmark at the “gateway to west London”, but also as a project that will boost the local economy and provide up to 350 jobs.
Speaking on behalf of developers, London and Bath Estates, Kate Gottlieb said:
“For one of the world’s greatest cities, a truly iconic building to mark the entrance along its primary transport route is long overdue.
When one of the councillors said ‘it’s bold, it’s brash, it’s in your face’ I thought thank goodness someone’s got it. This is meant to be a 24-hour, modern, vibrant, top-three world capital city. Let’s give it the architecture it deserves.”