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DC CABE welcomes A&M's Nine Elms mail centre scheme

Design Council CABE has praised Allies & Morrison’s proposal to redevelop mail depot in Nine Elms, decribing it as ‘innovative’ and ‘particularly interesting’

Dubbed Nine Elms Parkside, the 2.5 hectare scheme is planned to be built next door to the Kieran Timberlake-designed United States embassy project and was submitted for planning last month.

Following design review, Design Council CABE in a report has described the project as ‘innovative’ and ‘commendable’, welcoming the scheme’s design, density and quantum.

The report said: ‘We find the conceptual link of landscape and architecture and the proposed road layout commendable.

‘The scheme has the potential to create a successful public space connecting Battersea and Vauxhall.’

The Design Council CABE reviewers raised concern over two triangular buildings however and warned that the western and eastern ends of the site were its ‘least convincing’ elements.

The reviewers were positive about the perimeter buildings but said the triangular buildings lacked ‘a strong identity and design rationale’.

They added that a tall building close to the proposed embassy required ‘particular attention’ and should form part of a ‘quiet background’ to the landmark with an architectural language linking it back to the rest of the scheme.

The report said: ‘The outline application and the design codes need to fully ensure that the intended quality will be maintained through to construction. We encourage the local authorities, clients and developers for Nine Elms schemes to publish and promote their proposals in a concerted approach.’

The mixed-use scheme was one of the latest proposals to go in for planning in the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea opportunity area and sits between the Rafael Viñoly-masterplanned Battersea Power Station redevelopment project and Kieran Timberlake’s new American Embassy scheme.

The scheme aims to deliver 2,400 residential units on the site of Royal Mail’s South London mail centre which is scheduled to close by 2012.

 

 

 

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Allies & Morrison submits Nine Elms mail centre plans

[First look] Allies & Morrison has submitted a planning application for this project to redevelop Royal Mail’s South London mail centre in Nine Elms

Dubbed Nine Elms Parkside, the project aims to deliver 2,400 residential units and a 2.5 hectare public realm on the six hectare site.

The mixed-use scheme is one of the latest proposals to move forward in the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea opportunity area and sits between the Rafael Viñoly-masterplanned Battersea Power Station redevelopment project and Kieran Timberlake’s new American Embassy scheme.

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: ‘Royal Mail has submitted a planning application to Wandsworth Council for a largely residential scheme of around 6 hectares on the current site of its South London mail centre site in Vauxhall. 

‘The site has tremendous potential in its own right and as part of the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area.

‘Royal Mail has a clear strategy to ensure we derive maximum value from any property we no longer require. 

‘This includes selling the freehold or leases which we hold, and, where appropriate, working with planning authorities to ensure that properties we are selling are attractive to new owners.  We have a strong track record in using the proceeds from disposal of surplus property to invest in the mail operation.’

In March it was announced that the South London mail centre would close by 2012. A delivery centre on the site will be retained.

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