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Allies and Morrison finally wins planning for Vauxhall twin towers

Allies and Morrison has won approval at the second attempt for a £400 million twin-towers project at Vauxhall, south London

The practice reworked initial proposals for the mixed-use Vauxhall Square development (see AJ 16.12.2011) following criticism from the Greater London Authority, English Heritage and CABE.

Questioning the density and scale of Allies and Morrison’s original plans back in February (click here for the full report), CABE’s review panel said: ‘The new buildings, due to their size, footprint and relationship to each other, appear detrimental to the character and environmental quality of the public realm, to the provision of strong pedestrian connections between the site and its surroundings and in some instances to the quality of the interior spaces.’

As a result the AJ100 practice changed the mix of uses in the scheme, increased the size of the square, improved the children’s playspace and resubmitted amended plans in September this year (2012).

Last night Lambeth Council backed the revised plans for developer CLS Holdings, which feature a pair of 168m-tall residential towers, two office buildings, student housing, a 4-screen cinema, shops, restaurants and a new 50-bed homeless hostel, replacing the existing hostel on the site.

According to the practice the development will create around 2,000 jobs and ‘contribute to the regeneration of this part of Lambeth by providing employment opportunities, well-designed landscaping and open space; and exemplar housing within a fully permeable and well-connected masterplan.’

Previous story (AJ 16.12.11)

Allies and Morrison submits Vauxhall twin towers

Allies and Morrison’s £400 million twin-towers project at Vauxhall in south London has been submitted for planning

The 154,000m² mixed-use development features 510 residential units and a new public square. Four Grade-II listed houses will be retained within the site.

Submitted to local authority Lambeth Council this week, the scheme for developer CLS Holdings also includes 15,231m² of office space, a 438 bedroom hotel, a four-screen cinema and a homeless hostel.

CLS chief executive Richard Tice said: ‘This substantial mixed-use scheme is a key element to the Vauxhall Nine Elms regeneration plans.

‘It will create a new vibrant heart for Vauxhall and over 1,000 additional full-time jobs across a broad range of skills, both during and after construction. 

‘The investment of over £400 million will bring substantial benefits to a wide range of stakeholders, and is not dependent on the Northern Line extension.’

Subject to winning planning consent, CLS aims to start on site in 2014 and complete the first phases from 2017 onwards. 

Foster + Partners and Neil Tomlinson Architects’ £1 billion New Covent Garden Market redevelopment masterplan is next door, and was submitted for outline planning consent two months ago. Kieran Timberlake’s competition-winning new US Embassy proposal is also nearby.

A £20 million skywalk project – linked to CLS Holdings’ development – was shelved in June but Marks Barfield Architects has been appointed to draw up plans for an alternative street-level scheme in the area.

Allies and Morrison is also masterplanning the 2.5 hectare redevelopment of a Royal Mail depot nearby which was redesigned following criticism from DC CABE.

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