Westminster City Council has approved Sheppard Robson-designed plans for 47 apartments and a University Technical College on a site in central London
The £35m project places the 5,200m2 college, named in honour of former deputy London mayor for planning Sir Simon Milton, next to a 10-storey residential block built on a triangular plan. The buildings will be constructed on a vacant plot in Pimlico, close to Ebury Bridge.
Clad in brick, the UTC building will feature a glazed double-height entrance that leads into an internal atrium. Sheppard Robson said the residential block used a palette of finely textured stone and aluminium that was intended to reflect the architectural character of the Pimlico Conservation Area.
Partner Dan Burr said that weaving together a residential block and a college was an unusual mix on a ‘tight site’.
‘We wanted our design to create a legible, clear composition, which uses a family of architectural elements to fuse together these different functions and help root them in the surrounding urban context,’ he said.
Sir Simon Milton was leader of Westminster City Council before becoming a deputy mayor in Boris Johnson’s first administration in 2008. He died in 2011 at the age of 49.
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