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Second-time-lucky for Carey Jones and Make in Wandsworth

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Carey Jones and Make have been given the go-ahead - at the second attempt - for their controversial Riverside Quarter scheme in Wandsworth.

Wandsworth Borough Council approved the significantly revised, 400-home, mixed-use development last week after the original proposals were scaled back following criticism from, among others, London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

The firms had wanted to build nine buildings on the former Shell Oil terminal site, on the south bank of the Thames, including five towers - the tallest a 28-storey block.

However, because of heavy opposition, the scheme, for developer Frasers Property, was sent back to the drawing board (Make sent back to drawing board in Wandsworth ) and reduced to 15 storeys.

The resubmitted plans - the third-phase of a larger redevelopment - will provide 186 affordable homes as well as 16,700m2 of commercial space on the lower levels.

Carey Jones is understood to have taken the lead in creating an acceptable design, which will feature 'conservatory-style loggias and retractable glazing'.

The six new buildings have been designed as 'a series of interlocking silver clad shells' and will have views of the landscaped gardens, the river and the Hurlingham Club beyond.

by Richard Waite

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