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CABE backs Scott Brownrigg's Marco Polo House redevelopment

Scott Brownrigg has welcomed a positive CABE design review of its Marco Polo House redevelopment project in Battersea, south London

As part of the first wave design reviews published since CABE and the Design Council merged, the watchdog has praised the ‘commendable’ plans by Scott Brownrigg to redevelop the 1987 postmodern building.

CABE, in the report, said the proposed twelve-storey blocks posessed ‘elegant’ elevations and responded well to a nearby railway viaduct and Battersea Park.

The report said: ‘We appreciate the ocean liner associations of the proposed design; elegant elevations overlook the park and we find the variation of the horizontal layering and zinc cladding towards the busy railway line successful.

‘We applaud the care that has informed the internal spatial organisation of the proposed buildings.’

Richard McCarthy, Scott Brownrigg group director said: ‘Scott Brownrigg is delighted to have CABE’s support for our proposals at Marco Polo House.

‘The idea is for the new buildings to engage with their park setting, open up the site and create a new route through to the emerging developments around the Power Station.

‘The cascading form of the buildings gives us the opportunity to create very high quality spaces, both inside and outside. Two giant front gardens, one sunken and heavily planted, give residents and visitors shelter from the busy road and railway.

‘We want this to be a sought after place where people can live and work for hundreds of years, not just a few decades.’

Scott Brownrigg’s design features 451 apartments, 1,400m² of office space and 202 parking spaces and replaces the 1987 ‘Marco Polo House’ which was designed by surveyor and well-known naturalist Ian Pollard.

The project is in the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea opportunity area which is earmarked for hosting 16,000 new homes and up to 25,000 new jobs by the London Mayor.

Nearby schemes include Foster + Partners and Neil Tomlinson Architects New Covent Garden Market redevelopment and the Rafael Vinoly-masterplanned Battersea Power Station restoration.

Marco Polo House in Battersea, south London. The building opened in 1987 and was designed by Ian Pollard. Image by Janet Hall / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Source: Janet Hall / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Marco Polo House in Battersea, south London. The building opened in 1987 and was designed by Ian Pollard. Image by Janet Hall / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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