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Alsop reveals plans for £6.6m tower in Vauxhall 'art district'

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Will Alsop’s practice aLL Design has submitted plans for a £6.6 million residential tower in Vauxhall, south London

Located on the same street as Caruso St John’s recently completed gallery for Damien Hirst, the project will form part of Vauxhall’s new ‘art district’.

The 1,735m² scheme, branded ‘The Beacon’, will ‘announce Newport Street on south London’s skyline’.

The 15-storey tower features a narrow footprint at ground level which gives back 38 per cent of street-level space, providing 43m² of external areas including public seating, landscaping and art installations.

In the scheme’s ground-floor lobby will be an exhibition space for local artists, while the first floor will house community facilities and a nursery.

The tower includes 12 flats, each with private terraces. With the exception of the duplex penthouse, each flat takes up a whole floorplate.

The development was revealed as aLL Design moved into new offices in Hackney. The relocation from the practice’s current home in Battersea also signals an end for Alsop’s arts space and bar, Testbed and the Doodle Bar.

Nina and Paul Boyd, of client Newport Street Projects, said: ‘Will Alsop’s artistic flair and portfolio of outstanding architectural achievements convinced us that aLL Design had the ability to deliver a visionary scheme that would accelerate the transformation of Newport Street and the surrounding area. aLL has a passion and track record for regenerating communities in need which will be reflected in the end result.’

Project data

Location Vauxhall, London
Client Newport Street Projects (NSP)
Architect aLL Design
Landscape and planning consultant Bilfinger GVA
Structural engineer Battle McCarthy
M&E consultant Battle McCarthy
Quantity surveyor Boyden Group
Gross internal floor area 1,735m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Standard form / not known
Total cost £6.6 million

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  • If no moniker has been given yet, may I propose The Shinpad

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  • The Shinpad nickname certainly reflects the shape of the tower. But the official name,The Beacon, may well come reflect the anger of those overlooked poor folk in the nearby terrace, who will surely want the planners torch this gaudy stack of flats.

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