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Mather and Conran reveal revised Centre Point plans

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Rick Mather Architects and Conran & Partners have unveiled revised plans to overhaul of London’s iconic Centre Point skyscraper

The duo’s original vision to convert the Richard Seifert-designed 1966 office tower into apartments was turned down by local authority Camden Council in September.

Tweaked designs for the Almacantar and Frogmore-backed scheme have now been revealed in a bid to win over the council.

The architects originally proposed 82 apartments inside the 34-storey tower and 4,100m² of retail inside the low-rise Centre Point House and a connected glazed bridge. A new piazza was also planned and no part of the Grade II-listed complex would be demolished.

Under the new plans, onsite affordable housing is included with a proposal to demolish the Intrepid Fox pub and replace it with either 16 or eight affordable units.

Concerns over the impact of road closures on London’s strategic road network have also been addressed by dividing the scheme into two applications.

One application will cover Centre Point Tower, Centre Point House, The Bridge Link and both options for The Intrepid Fox pub. The other application will focus on the piazza.

Car parking will be reduced to 17 from 36 proposed in the old scheme and additional information for the relocation of two listed staircases will also be submitted.

Almacantar development director, Kathrin Hersel said: ‘The revised planning application aims to fully address Camden’s concerns about the provision of affordable housing and we are pleased to be able to offer an on-site affordable housing solution for the benefit of the borough.

She added: ‘Camden and TfL are progressing their transport modelling with respect to required road closures in order to deliver the piazza and will then consult on the proposals.  We fully support Camden’s plans for the piazza and look forward to continuing to collaborate with the council to deliver the transformation of Centre Point and the surrounding public space, for the benefit of the local community and London as a whole.’

A revised planning application is expected this spring.

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