Philadelphia’s Kieran Timberlake has won detailed planning permission for its new US Embassy scheme in Nine Elms, south London
The 2.15 hectare project for the US Department of State was approved last night by local authority Wandsworth Council’s planning committee.
The design features an 11-storey, cube-shaped ‘chancery’ building which features a glazed north-facing elevation and a self-cleaning ETFE shell on remaining three sides.
A new public plaza will be located to the south of the building while three single storey entrance pavilions will provide access to the embassy.
The design also features landscaped gardens, walkways and a large pond designed by Olin landscape architects. The upper floors of the chancery building will include six internal gardens.
There would also be space set aside for a new Barclay cycle hire docking station.
Wandsworth Council’s planning chairman Cllr Nick Cuff said: ‘This remarkable building will be a fitting centrepiece for the new Nine Elms and could be among the highest performing buildings in the world in terms of energy use and sustainability.
‘The Embassy’s move is already acting as a magnet for new investment in this part of London which has started to change on an enormous scale. Once it opens its doors the complex will attract more than 1,000 visitors everyday – boosting the local economy and brining new life to this stretch of the South Bank.’
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