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Aukett Swanke’s £330m DCLG headquarters revamp submitted for planning

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Aukett Swanke’s vision to overhaul and expand the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) former Westminster headquarters have been submitted for planning

The project – developed with property consultant Tishman Speyer – enlarges the 1998 EPR-designed central London office block with new office and retail space.  

Under the scheme, the building’s iconic sloping roofline will be replaced by a new facade and a series of west-facing roof terraces.

Office space will increase from around 23,876m² to 29,729m² and a new retail and reception area is also planned.

Luke Schuberth, managing director at the recently rebadged Aukett Swanke (see AJ 19.12.13), said: ‘Our designs for Eland House provide an opportunity for a true transformation. The new massing and façade will give the building a striking and modern identity while the creation of numerous landscaped roof gardens will serve as an oasis with long views over London.’

Dan Nicholson, managing director of Tishman Speyer’s London office, said: ‘This planning application is another important piece of the jigsaw in the revitalisation of Victoria. Tishman Speyer are looking forward to being able to deliver this unique building into this rapidly-changing sub-market.’

More than 1,000 DCLG civil servants with relocate to the new Terry Farrell-designed Home Office building on nearby Marsham Street later this year.

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