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Rogers scoops planning for South Bank tower

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Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners has won planning permission for a 28-storey skyscraper on Albert Embankment, south London

Unanimously approved by local authority Lambeth Council last night (14 August), the project for developer Berekely replaces Eastbury House, an existing 1958 Ian Fraser-designed office building on the riverside site.

Featuring three skyscrapers of 14, 21 and 28 storeys respectively, the ‘tripartite tower’ scheme was praised by DC CABE for its good proportions and ‘pleasing dimensions’.

Graham Stirk, the RSHP partner in charge of the project, said:’We are very happy with Lambeth’s decision. We have designed a highly flexible residential building that is tailored to its fantastic riverside setting and look forward to making further improvements in the next stage of detailed design developments.’

Lambeth Council leader, councillor Steve Reed, said: ‘We’re expecting up to 3,500 new homes to be built in the Vauxhall area alone within the next ten years. We will continue to work with developers to make sure we get good quality, well designed schemes that contribute towards our vision to recreate a lively riverside town centre.’

The scheme on London’s South Bank is located within the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area which features Kieran Timberlake’s US Embassy project and the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.

In the area, Richard Rogers’ firm is working on plans for a mixed-use tower for Foxtons founder Jon Hunt on a nearby Texaco garage site.

Further south, RSHP is delivering another scheme for St James – Tideway Wharf next to Battersea Power Station.

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