Planners have recommended turning down Will Alsop’s proposed £6.6 million tower next door to Caruso St John’s Stirling Prize-winning Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall
The 15-storey building, designed by Alsop’s practice aLL Design, will be considered by the London Boroughof Lambeth’s planning applications committee on Tuesday (11 October).
In a report drawn up for committee members, Lambeth planning officers have called for the contentious 17 Newport Street scheme to be rejected.
The document praised the tower’s ‘good quality’ appearance and material palette but warned its ‘scale, massing and form’ could ruin views of Westminster Palace from the nearby Kennington Conservation Area.
It said: ‘The scale and mass of the proposal would detrimentally harm the locally protected view from within Kennington Conservation Area, thereby causing harm to the integrity of the conservation area and views outwards, specifically from Courtenay Street, where it would dominate the landmark silhouette which contains Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) within Westminster Palace.’
The recommendation comes two years after English Heritage (EH) lost a legal battle against David Chipperfield Architects’ Elizabeth House scheme in nearby Waterloo. EH argued the 29-storey scheme – approved by Lambeth Council in 2012 and again in 2014 after the legal battle – would have a potentially ‘detrimental’ impact on the World Heritage Site at Westminster.
aLL Design’s 1,735m² project replaces a six-year-old apartment block with a tower featuring an art gallery, 12 flats and a duplex penthouse. The proposed tower is a short distance away from Caruso St John’s Newport Street Gallery, which won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016 last night (6 October).
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