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KPF reveals replacement for Make’s Bondway tower

KPF has unveiled plans for a 168m-tall tower on the south London site previously earmarked for Make’s doomed 42-storey Bondway skyscraper

The original proposal for a 149m-high ‘zig-zag-shaped’ tower next to Vauxhall transport interchange was thrown out at public inquiry in early 2011 (AJ 14.02.11).

The 60,400m2 scheme for new owners McLaren Property and Citygrove will house 450 flats, 3,700m2 of offices and 1,000m² of shops.

The New Bondway tower features ‘three distinct elements’: a 50-storey private residential tower; a 23-storey residential block on the southern part of the site; and a four storey horizontal office element linking the two buildings and intersecting the main tower.

According to the developers ‘this balanced composition creates impressive views from every aspect of the development, delivering light and public realm at ground level and offers exciting opportunities for incorporating significant areas of amenity space for users of the building’.

KPF landed the £350million project following a competition this summer, beating the likes of SOM. The designs were revealed at a public exhibition in Vauxhall last Thursday (21 November).

John Gatley, managing director of construction company McLaren Property said: ‘The Bondway site is the last key development site in the Vauxhall tall buildings cluster and offers us an opportunity to deliver a world class building combining high quality residential and office space.’

A planning application is expected to be submitted early next year (2014). Subject to planning work is expected to start on site in early 2015 and complete during 2018.

The architect’s view - John Bushell of KPF

‘Our design is a fresh approach and distinctive building for the emerging urban village at Vauxhall.  Each part of the brief finds its natural place in the composition of articulated elements.  An expansive roof garden for residents lies over large office floor plates; which are themselves lifted high above the ground by one of the building’s various residential components.  The mixed-use building has a significant affordable housing provision on site.

‘The composition creates a route through the middle of the site, while retail units grant access at every frontage.  We hope the project will be the catalyst for development in its immediate context, helping to integrate new and existing communities and reflect the client and team’s passion and energy to create a successful mixed-use place.’  

Previous story (AJ 14.02.11)

Make’s Bondway tower vetoed at inquiry

Make’s 42-storey Bondway skyscraper in Vauxhall, south London, has been rejected following a public inquiry

Communities secretary Eric Pickles followed the planning inspectorate’s advice that the proposed tower’s site was inappropriate for a tall building.

The project went to inquiry after Lambeth Council’s planning committee rejected the 149m-tall scheme next to Vauxhall transport interchange on the grounds of ‘height, bulk and mass’ and the lack of green space provided.

The 149 metre-tall ‘zig-zag-shaped’ tower had been recommended for approval by planning officers.

In justifying the veto, the secretary of state said the scheme lacked open space and had an ‘overbearing’ impact on the area.

Retired town planner and local resident David Boardman thought it was unlikely the developer Vauxhall Bondway would ask Make to rework its designs for the tower.

He said: ‘[Unless the developer] can fill it with offices, or find a decent chunk of new open space at Vauxhall to mitigate the deficiency and improve the public realm [there is not a chance it could be approved] - and this would apply to a redesigned tower on the same site as well.’

A spokesperson for Make said: ‘We are naturally disappointed, but cannot comment further to add at this stage.’

Readers' comments (1)

  • Oooh shifting cubes.
    Ole Scheeren on his own is already disappointingly mediocre.
    And then these guys at KPF .. what do these people think ?

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