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Planning inspector backs Keith Williams' Vauxhall Tower

[IMAGES + PLANS] Keith Williams Architects has finally been given the go-ahead for its first tower - this 24-storey office and apartment block in Black Prince Road, South London

Originally turned down by Lambeth Council in February, the contentious 11,110 m² scheme in Vauxhall, near the River Thames was approved following a four-day public enquiry.

Housing 101 flats and 1,770 m² of office space, the tower is to sit between the C19th railway viaduct into Waterloo and the surrounding ‘tight knit Victorian street pattern and dense recent development which surrounds it’.

Describing the scheme, Keith Williams said: ‘The base is surmounted by a blade-like tower which terminates in a sculpted pinnacle at the summit

‘The parallelogram plan form combined with the vertical taper to the façades gives the composition its distinctive blade like appearance accentuating its verticality’.

The project tower will be clad in white reconstructed stone.

A spokesman for Developer, Ristoia, said: ‘We are delighted to receive the permission. We feel that the development will assist in regeneration of the site and will be a positive development for the area. We hope shortly to progress the development as the economic climate improves.’

Postscript:The appellant’s case was led by Bill Hicks QC. Planning consultants were DP9 and townscape consultant was Professor Robert Tavernor.

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Project Data

Type Of Project: 24-storey mixed-use development Residential Tower with Commercial base
Structural Engineers:  Adams Kara Taylor
Project Architect:
Design Team:
Keith Williams, Richard Brown (director
in charge), Ilex Beinemeier, James Davies, Michael Nettleship,
Ludwig Steyl, Carl Trenfield
Client: Ristoia
Funding: Confidential
Tender date: TBA
Start on site date: TBA
Contract duration:TBA
Gross internal floor area: 11,160sqm
Form of contract and/or procurement: TBA
Total cost: Confidential      
M&e consultant:
RYB Konsult
Quantity surveyor: KMCS
Planning supervisor: KMCS
Lighting consultant:TBA
Main contractor: TBA
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: TBA
Annual co2 emissions: predicted figures 280 tCO2/yr

Readers' comments (7)

  • I Like KW's work but this is absolutely awful ...

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  • Have to agree. Not very KW-ish at all.

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  • I agree - awful - and to be built 9 metres from my home. What a farce..

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  • Well I like it. The design is quite striking.

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  • dire- looks like its been designed by someone who is not an architect

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  • ...believe me, I've seen much worse by those who are recognised as an Architect! Now that's a farce.

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  • Looks like one of those buildings where they just couldn't stop designing... a real mess. Let's hope it gets value-engineered into something simpler and more coherent.

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