Allies and Morrison founder Graham Morrison has admitted the practice’s Three Sisters scheme is not yet home and dry, despite a change of heart by London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Back in July, Johnson branded the high-rise £1 billion Elizabeth House scheme near Waterloo Station ‘unacceptable’, and looked set to dramatically overturn Lambeth Council’s earlier approval.
However, it has now emerged that, ‘after consideration’, Johnson does not wish to ‘direct refusal’ of the proposals for the three new towers of 28 to 33-storeys on London’s South Bank.
Even so, the practice is bracing itself for Communities Secretary Hazel Blears to make the final decision on the mixed-use development, which has been vigorously opposed by both English Heritage and Westminster Council due to its impact on the neighbouring Westminster World Heritage Site.
Morrison said: ‘[This is] not completely [good news]. It may well be called in.
‘[Though] we are very pleased that the Mayor agrees with us… we think English Heritage has just got it wrong.’