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Broadway Malyan to rethink disputed Vauxhall skyscraper

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Broadway Malyan is preparing for a major rethink of its controversial 49-storey Vauxhall skyscraper following widespread criticism of the scheme (pictured).

The practice is expected to withdraw its planning application to Lambeth council within weeks following six months of consultation. English Heritage and CABE have openly criticised the scheme while the GLA is also understood to be pressing for changes.

The 180m-high residential Vauxhall Tower for developer St George was first revealed by the AJ last November (AJ 15.11.02). If built, it would be the second tallest in the UK after Cesar Pelli's 53storey 1 Canada Square in London's Docklands.

English Heritage has raised concerns about the height of the structure, and CABE has voiced doubts about the building's green credentials.

CABE's design review committee also questioned the value of the 10m-tall wind turbine on the roof and the landscaping at the foot of the building, calling for a redesign of the public access facilities.

Richard Saunders, planning officer for Lambeth council, said problems with the design were likely to have been 'a big issue' during consultations. He added he expected the application would be withdrawn by the end of the month.

Broadway Malyan's managing director Peter Crossley admitted the practice is altering the plan.

He said: 'The truth is that this is an evolving design and we will be revising the project and resubmitting the application.'

But Crossley dismissed suggestion of problems with the environmental attributes of the project.

'Nobody has questioned the wind turbine nor the green aspects, ' he claimed.

'The fact is we submitted the planning application as a way of getting the consultation under way, ' he said. 'We are happy with the comments received and are pleased to be revising the design.'

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