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Sky Gardens tower lands planning despite CABE concern

Careyjones’ Sky Gardens tower has won planning approval despite failing to impress design reviewers at CABE

The government design watchdog raised concern over whether the application in its current form could achieve the desired sky garden concept for the 36-storey tower scheme at Vauxhall.

The CABE report said of the scheme: ‘[A] much more detailed and rigorous analysis is required to test how the sky gardens will work in reality.’

The scheme ‘subjugates’ the dual 500m² gardens, planted with trees and shrubs inside the building envelope, and could create a ‘bland building,’ according to CABE.

The report added: ‘[The] planning application does not make a convincing case for the sky gardens as meaningful or usable amenity space.’

Lambeth Council approved the scheme on Tuesday (16 March) last week.


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Careyjones slims down London’s Sky Garden Tower

Careyjones has redesigned its Sky Garden Tower for property company Fraser in Vauxhall Cross, London

The practice worked with Amin Taha Architects on a previous 120m-tall scheme, which won planning permission in October 2008 (AJ 30.10.08).

The project has since become slimmer, symmetrical and ‘more commercial’.

Careyjones has squeezed an extra 61 residential units into the 34-storey tower and decreased office space by 53 per cent.

However, a local group has complained that the affordable homes will no longer have access to the 500m² top-floor gardens, planted with trees and shrubs.

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