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Broadway Malyan joins controversial Mount Pleasant scheme

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Broadway Malyan has joined the controversial 10-building, 681-home redevelopment of a Royal Mail site in central London.

The practice will ‘support on the delivery’ of the Mount Pleasant scheme drawn up by Allies and Morrison, WilkinsonEyre, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

Planning permission for the scheme near King’s Cross station was granted by the Greater London Authority in 2015. But it has been opposed by many local residents and community group the Mount Pleasant Association, which submitted plans for an alternative scheme, drawn up by Neoclassical architect Francis Terry.

Taylor Wimpey Central London bought 2.5ha of the site from Royal Mail for almost £200 million last summer.

A spokesman for the developer said this week: ‘Taylor Wimpey Central London has appointed Broadway Malyan to work on the scheme based on [the practice’s] previous track record working on other high-quality developments across London. Broadway Malyan will support on the delivery of the consented scheme to ensure the potential and vision for the site is fulfilled.’

Broadway Malyan UK chairman Ian Apsley said: ‘This is currently one of the most exciting development sites in central London and we are looking forward to playing our part in delivering this transformational residential project.

‘The consented scheme offers a strong architectural landmark in this popular part of the city with a density and level of amenity that reflects changing lifestyles and a strong focus on placemaking through an exciting public-realm strategy that connects the new development with the existing urban fabric.’

The scheme will see two plots redeveloped: at Phoenix Place and Calthorpe Street.  

An initial phase, focusing on the internal refurbishment of specific areas within the mail centre building itself, is underway and scheduled to be completed in May.

Overall completion of the scheme is expected by spring 2021.

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  • Taylor Wimpey would be the first to admit that completion by 2021 is pure fantasy.

    There has never been anything 'exciting' about the RMG's land valuation exercise that led to the former Mayor having to approve a scheme that was rejected by two local councils, reviled by the local community and derided by the profession.

    The sorry saga at Mount Pleasant masks many unpleasantries, but at the rotten core is the transferral of public assets (that could have so easily provided homes, schools and amenities for the common good) into a 'brand new luxury development'.

    The empty words of 'transformational', 'landmarks', 'placemaking', 'public-realm', and 'urban fabric' will not conceal the moral vacuum in which this scheme was concocted - the consequences of which are now seen on every street in every major city in this country.

    As the late, great, Gavin Stamp, stated presciently in Private Eye several years ago: "Everyone should be concerned about this development for what it tells us about modern Britain."
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  • Agreed. What a complete mess this situation is and yet another of Boris Johnson's meddling in areas he shouldn't have been making the call . The Francis Terry scheme is in some ways so much more forward thinking than souless, generic and completely unremarkable alternative. It's time for more developments to focus on what's right for proposed sites, balancing community, context and commercial needs to provide truly world class and relevant designs for our city.

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  • Phil Parker

    I associate Broadway Malyan with the poor quality architecture at Vauxhall Cross and as recipients of countless wooden spoons.

    Please can some at the AJ not just write:

    “Broadway Malyan will support on the delivery of the consented scheme to ensure the potential and vision for the site is fulfilled.“

    ...but explain what it means? If not, it’s just gobiligook and has no meaning.

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