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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands finally wins green light for South Bank tower scheme

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands' (LDS) Doon Street scheme on London's South Bank has finally been given the go-ahead.

Last night Lambeth Council's planning applications committee backed the mixed-use scheme - which includes a 43-storey tower containing 329 flats, headquarters for the Rambert Dance Company and a new leisure centre - by two votes to one.

The news comes only months after LDS drastically reworked the £200 million tower - for Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) - following recommendations from English Heritage which concerned the building's impact on views across central London( Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands cuts back South Bank tower scheme ).

In response the tower was cut from 172m to 144m, and stainless-steel cladding was ditched in favour of white stone and bronze.

The project also faced objections from CABE's design review panel, which claimed the building would impact on 'photo opportunity' views of the Grade I-listed Somerset House on the opposite side of the River Thames.

However, in its review ( CABE praises Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands' tower - then rejects it ), CABE found room to praise LDS' design, describing the tower as an 'intelligent, high-quality building, which could bring a largely derelict space into active use and provide much needed facilities to the local community.'

by Max Thompson

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