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Surprise refusal for Make's 149m-tall Octave tower

Lambeth Council has turned down Make’s proposed 42-storey Octave tower in Vauxhall, south London

The authority’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 within the zig-zag-shaped skyscraper scheme which had been recommended for approval by officers.

The news will delight the objectors from the online local residents’ association, Viva Vauxhall and English Heritage (EH) which had raised ‘significant concerns’ about the impact of the scheme on the capital’s skyline - even though the propsoals had already been chopped down from 179m.

According to the committee agenda (24 March), EH had highlighted issues concerning ‘the impact of the proposed development on longer views towards Parliament Square from Whitehall’ and would create a ‘significant visual entity in views from the Banqueting House and Cenotaph’ (full advice attached).

It is understood the planning committee also criticised the plans on Bondway storage site for failing to provide enough employment opportunities.

Interestingly CABE had said the project was potentially ‘an exciting and interesting scheme’ and that the ‘elegant massing and good
proportions [had] produced a successful form and we are satisfied, in principle, that the proposed height could be appropriate’.

Make was unavailable for comment.

Previous story (16.06.09)

First Look: The Octave, Make’s 149m tower for Vauxhall

These are the first images of Make’s planning submission for its landmark development, The Octave in Vauxhall, south London

Located on a brownfield site adjacent to the Vauxhall transport interchange, the proposed 149m tall building supports the planned regeneration of the Vauxhall, Battersea and surrounding areas and is within a zone allocated for a cluster of new tall buildings.

The space within the scheme will be divided 10 per cent commercial and 90 per cent residential accommodation. A ‘community floor’ will be located at level 36 where residents can use the recreational, business and function spaces.

Make’s design is divided into eight stepping forms that cascade from a central high point, down towards the north and south. Every apartment has dual aspect maximising views across the city and many include wintergardens to provide private outdoor space.

In an area dominated by transport systems, the scheme includes a landscaping proposal to connect Bondway to Vauxhall Park and improve the pedestrian experience through an increase in public seating and vegetation.

Biomass boilers provide 25 per cent renewable energy consumption, sustainable urban drainage system protects the local infrastructure; 25 car parking spaces, 22 motor cycle spaces and 568 bicycle spaces will be provided. 


Readers' comments (2)

  • Presumably Charlie is less concerned about Vauxhall?

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  • 149 metres high, but only 25 car parking spaces? Perhaps not the most realistic proposal...

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