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London Fire Brigade HQ to be transformed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) has landed the prize project to redevelop the London Fire Brigade's headquarters building on Albert Embankment, south of the River Thames into a mixed-use development.

The announcement came after the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) yesterday agreed to sell the sought-after 1ha riverside plot to developer Native Land.

The property company wants to transform the site into a 'high-quality' development. However, as part of the deal, the existing GradeII-listed 1937 HQ block will have to be retained.

There are also stipulations that the Brigade's memorial hall and a listed drill tower must also be kept and that the Lambeth Fire Station - also on the site- must be refurbished and upgraded.

It is understood the fire service will move into a new HQ building in Union Street, Southwark.

Alasdair Nicholls, chief executive of Native Land, said: 'We are delighted to have agreed terms with LFEPA to acquire this important riverside site.

'We have appointed a design team to deliver a high-quality mixed-use redevelopment scheme that will also create best value for our public-sector partner.'

A planning application is expected to be submitted by the end of 2007.

by Richard Waite

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