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Make’s Royal Mail and Olympic Park regeneration schemes win approval

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Make has passed major planning hurdles for two large scale redevelopment schemes in the capital – Royal Mail’s Rathbone Place depot and Chobham Manor on the Olympic Park

Make’s Zonal masterplan for Chobham Manor – the first of five post games neighbourhoods planned for the 102 hectare park – was approved by the London Legacy Development Corporation on 24 September.

The move has paved the way for detailed plans of the Taylor Wimpey and L&Q-backed project’s first phase to be submitted for planning. Architects working on the project include Make, PRP, Karakusevic Carson, Haworth Tompkins and Muf.

Next to Hopkins’ Stirling Prize shortlisted Olympic Velodrome, the 850-home Chobham Manor development will include a green open space known as Chobham Park and 75 per cent of its properties will have three or more bedrooms.

London Legacy Development Corporation chief executive Dennis Hone said: ‘The approval of the Zonal Masterplan is a significant milestone for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

‘The detailed planning application for the first homes at Chobham Manor is now being prepared and will be submitted later this month. Subject to its approval the first plots will go on sale in 2014 with people moving in the following year.’

Make has meanwhile won resolution to grant planning permission from City of Westminster for its  38,500m² redevelopment of Royal Mail’s Rathbone Place depot in central London.

The AJ100 practice was appointed by Great Portland Estates (GPE) to work up a new scheme for the one-hectare West End site in May 2012 – less than one year after PLP submitted 56,000 square metre plans for the high-profile plot.

Commenting on the approval, GPE portfolio director Neil Thompson said: ‘We are delighted to have received support for our scheme from Westminster, with whom we have worked very closely over the last two years. Rathbone Place will be one of the West End’s most exciting new developments and is one of several projects GPE are working on for delivery over the next few years’.

Planned to start on site next year and complete by 2016, the scheme features 3,900m² of retail, 20,200m² of offices and 162 residential units.

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