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Viñoly lands planning for Marble Arch Tower scheme

Rafael Viñoly has won planning permission for a £450 million redevelopment of Marble Arch Tower in London’s West End

Local authority Westminster City Council approved the star architects’ office-led bid to replace the 1966 skyscraper last night (3 June).

The project – backed by prominent London developer Almacantar – features 11,400m² of office space alongside a multi-screen cinema, 53 apartments and 3,300m² of retail.

Under the scheme Trehearne & Norman’s 23-storey tower overlooking Hyde Park will be demolished to make way for two new limestone-clad buildings of 17 storeys and 7 storeys each.

The taller, cylindrical-shaped structure will be 10 metres shorter than its predecessor and will contain mostly flats.

Its shorter neighbour will house offices and both will buildings will include shops at ground floor level.

An Odeon cinema will be placed in the development’s three-storey deep basement and the space between the two buildings will be dedicated to public art.

Almacantar development director Kathrin Hersel said: ‘This development will create two timeless, beautiful buildings which will become a new landmark for the West End. 

‘Our plans will deliver world class residential, retail and office space in a prestigious setting overlooking the finest of the Royal Parks.’

Westminster City Council also approved plans for a £70 million residential block by Terry Farrell last night.

The project is part of the Section 106 agreement between Almacantar and the local authority relating to the Marble Arch Tower redevelopment.

Terry Farrell’s design includes retail and 76 townhouses and apartments of which 47 will be affordable housing. A disused petrol station will also be reopened,

Hersel said: ‘Our scheme at 466 to 490 Edgware Road will reinstate a retail frontage, absent since the 19th Century. We are also delivering much needed affordable housing in Westminster, including units aimed specifically at meeting the needs of families.’

Both projects are expected to complete in 2018.

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