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In pictures: Historic Shepherd's Bush Palladium to be transformed

Plans to transform the former Shepherd’s Bush Palladium in west London into serviced apartments have received the green light.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council granted planning consent for Dorsett Hospitality International to overhaul the structure, which was built in 1910.

Originally used as a cinema, the building was most recently a Walkabout pub until it was closed and bought by Dorsett, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based developer Far East Consortium.

The original facade and historic details of the building will be retained under the scheme, with eight storeys added. 

Designed by architects Flanagan Lawrence, the transformed building will comprise 74 homes – a range of one-bedroom apartments and duplex penthouses – along with about 8,500 sq ft of commercial space on the ground and lower-ground floors.

Neighbouring Dorsett Shepherds Bush Hotel will provide services to the new apartments with guests able to use the gym, spa, restaurants, bar and business centre.

Far East Consortium head of UK development John Connolly said: “We are delighted to have obtained planning permission to transform the former Walkabout pub into desirable serviced apartments.

“The building is steeped in history and has played a pivotal role in the history of Shepherd’s Bush.

“We are proud to be able to restore its original details, most of which are covered up at present. The new building pays homage to its past but also gives it a future for many to enjoy for years to come.”

Construction is expected to start in 2018, with completion expected the following year.

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