Twin towers set to turn Acton into London’s “culinary quarter”

UK architecture Scott Brownrigg has won planning permission for two mixed-use towers that will form a destination for gastronauts in the west London borough of Acton.

The taller of the two towers will have 36 storeys and be 114m high; the other will have 26 storeys and be 82m. They will occupy a 7,500 sq m site that will be known as "the Culinary Quarter". The client for the scheme is the Dephna Group, a London property company that specialises in kitchens and cold rooms, as well as serviced offices and storage units.

The towers will include restaurants, shops and "innovation suites" for tasting, researching, and developing food, as well as 40 serviced offices and 376 rental homes.

The scheme was designed by Darren Comber, the chief executive of Scott Brownrigg. He said: "The Culinary Quarter is an exciting new development which will provide not only a new visitor destination to London, but also much needed residential units. The elegant, high quality design of the towers will make a positive contribution on the skyline of London."

Dephna comments in its promotional video that it is aiming to allow "food artisans" to engage with their consumers in an "iconic destination".

Nimesh Sachdev, the founder and chief executive of Dephna, said the aim was to offer a retail outlet to food producers that were unable to afford an entire restaurant. He said: "Many small food businesses are internet based, and for these companies a point of sale for potential clients are becoming increasingly sought after. The Culinary Quarter gives us the chance to take this to the next level."

The development will be located at the edge of the Old Oak and Park Royal regeneration area, and includes a public square that will host pop-up food, art and cultural events.

Council officers who assessed the scheme said, "The architectural approach in terms of appearance, form and materiality is striking and of a high quality and will act as a visual marker at the entrance to the Southern Gateway and wider Old Oak and Park Royal Opportunity Area and the western approach to Central London."

Image: The two towers are part of the Park Royal masterplan

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