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Broadway Malyan completes London’s tallest residential tower


Broadway Malyan’s 180m-tall skyscraper on the south bank of the Thames in Vauxhall has completed

Built next to the much-maligned St George Wharf housing project, which was also completed by the practice for developer St George, the 50-storey tower is London’s tallest residential-only building.

Based on the ‘shape of a Catherine wheel’ each typical floor will be divided into five apartments with separating walls radiating out from the central core. Every flat has views across the capital.

The building is topped with a ten metre high vertical axis wind turbine that will generate energy to power lighting in the common areas.

Dubbed ‘the battery’, planning permission was granted in July 2005, with construction work starting in February 2009. In January 2013 a helicopter crashed into a crane working on the tower killing two people, raising concerns about aviation safety in the city.

Architect’s view

Peter Vaughan , director, Broadway Malyan

‘Our team had the idea for a landmark tower at Vauxhall and has now delivered The Tower. It was visually the right place in London’s landscape for a tower and it promised to act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding neighbourhoods.

‘The confidence generated by the success of The Tower has encouraged further investment into infrastructure and local transport, as well as the subsequent development of adjacent sites, which will collectively deliver benefits in wider social programmes - affordable housing, education and healthcare provision.

‘The role of planning policy should be to encourage and celebrate big ideas, while the role of the planning process should be to scrutinise the ideas, without prejudice, to determine their strengths and how they might best be delivered.

‘London has one of the best and most robust planning systems in the world. By being open to great ideas and continuously testing them the system can help designers such as Broadway Malyan contribute to an even greater city.

‘Broadway Malyan is hugely proud of its continuing role in promoting compelling ideas that have the potential to make a real and positive difference to London’s future.’


Readers' comments (3)

  • Ah I see, its based on the‘shape of a Catherine wheel’ and not a circle.

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  • I live in the area and it is about time the pedestrian pavements immediately adjacent to THE TOWER were re-opened for the public. The tall crane has now been removed since August 2013 and it is high time that the pavement area was restored. The developers should be more public spirited. It is disgraceful.

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  • Further to my previous comment on 2 Feb when you scrutise the NINE ELMS LANE signage information for pedestrian footpath closure it states that the pavment area would be likely to stay closed until mid 2014. My observation is that given that the crane was removed in August >> LAST YEAR << the pavements were likely to remain closed for very many months after the crane removal date - that clearly shows that Broadway Malyan are not as considerate as the above statement made by its Director.

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