British Land is one of the key landowners in central Ealing. It’s currently soliciting opinions that will shape future development plans for a site it calls The Broadway Connection — a large area of Ealing Broadway, across the road from Ealing Broadway Centre and which encompasses the location of the Ealing Club at 42a The Broadway, W5 2NP, now known as the Red Room.
Tell them what you think here.
The site has been the subject of two previous development attempts, as Ealing Arcadia (2008) and most recently as 9-42 The Broadway (2016). This latter scheme included a 514sqm nightclub/music venue which would have made up for the loss of the original Ealing Club premises – the place that was the cradle of British rock music.
We were involved in consultations for the failed 9-42 The Broadway scheme and plan to press British Land to preserve the original Ealing Club premises and to provide a state-of-the art venue at least as good as the one included in the 2015 planning application for 9-42.
The Ealing Club was created as a community interest company (CIC) that owns no venue) by local music fans to highlight Ealing Borough’s music heritage and inspire new live music. Plaques, exhibitions, talks, leaflets and the film Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of the Ealing Club and the book The A-Z of Ealing Rock have all helped to put the music story back on the map for future generations.
Our own Ealing Club Eclectic live music programme is funded by the Arts Council of England and brings premium live music to multiple venues. We’ve partnered with many to kickstart new events and bolster established live music festivals locally. Since 2011, the programme has included many memorable live gigs at the Red Room, a place that is still largely unrecognised for its pioneering role in 1962-65. It was THE destination for bands such as the Rolling Stones, The Who & members of Cream (amongst others) to seek out & perform a special strain of “the blues”.
West London’s music heritage can merge with contemporary music infrastructure (music colleges, venues & festivals, local talent, studios) to complement the understated but rich cultural scene that exists in the area.
Music cities such as Liverpool, Nashville, New Orleans and Vienna already provide great templates for West London to make more of its vital music connections.
DEVELOPMENT & RE-GENERATION IN EALING BROADWAY
Development & re-generation of Ealing Broadway seems inevitable given improved communication links with the area and the ambitions of stakeholders such as residents, councils and developers.
Our mission is to highlight the music heritage with a view to boosting footfall, civic pride and fostering better opportunity for live music performance. The Ealing Club “name” is owned & curated by a community interest company on behalf of musicians & the local community in order to build a deserving musical legacy.
We would ask you to express your opinions about music heritage and live music to British Land: which says that it is “considering the future of several key properties and sites in Ealing Broadway, driven by a commitment to maintaining a thriving town centre now and long into its future. At this time, we are seeking views from all those who live, work and visit Ealing to ensure that we are creating the right legacy for the area.”
If you want more music in Ealing, please be sure to have your say.