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Lynch wins huge scheme on prime site in the capital

Lynch Architects has seen off a top-secret international shortlist to land a massive scheme within Land Securities’ multi-billion-pound redevelopment in Victoria, London

The office and retail scheme will replace Kingsgate House (pictured), a gargantuan groundscraper currently occupied by UK Trade and Investment, with a larger new-build – although a skyscraper has been ruled out.

Lynch Architects has completed a feasibility study for the site and will present designs to the developer later this year.

Patrick Lynch, practice founder, said: ‘We’re delighted – it’s a big project. We’ve hired extra people and will be looking at hiring more going forward.’

The project, expected to complete in 2015, is part of an unpublished Allies and Morrison space-use strategy for Land Securities’ sizeable Victoria estate.

Robert Noel, managing director of the developer’s London portfolio, said: ‘We are aspiring to create a proper commercial and residential hub in Victoria that currently doesn’t exist. It is a bland, grey area inhabited by civil servants.’

Kingsgate House, at 74 Victoria Street, is part of a triptych of buildings designed by Burnet, Tait & Partners for Land Securities. It was completed in 1966 alongside Westminster City Hall and Mobil House.

The replacement of Kingsgate House is separate from Land Securities’ biggest scheme in the area – the stalled £2 billion Victoria Transport Interchange masterplanned by KPF, which includes a Lynch-designed library and offices.

Noel is currently on the hunt for architects to masterplan a public space and a retail strategy for the wider Victoria area, encompassing the Kingsgate House site.

Next month, Westminster City Council will reveal the winner of its design competition to revamp the piazza in front of Westminster Cathedral, also on Victoria Street.

Victoria Transport Interchange and Victoria Street, aerial

Source: Miller Hare

Victoria Transport Interchange and Victoria Street, aerial

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