[FIRST LOOK] Allies and Morrison has revealed these images of its £250 million mixed-use tower project close to the proposed American Embassy in Vauxhall, south London
Next to the Arup Associates-designed Vauxhall bus station and the mainline rail and underground interchange, the 1.2 hectare project features two 40-storey towers and a new raised pedestrian walkway.
Featuring a Paternoster Square-style public realm, the design aims to enhance the flow pedestrian movement in the area which is stymied by a gyratory system with high volumes of road traffic.
Featuring 400 flats and 18,600m² of office space, the scheme will be linked to the nearby transport interchange and the proposed Kieran Timberlake-designed new American Embassy via a linear walkway.
Marks Barfield, Heneghan Peng, Knight Architects and the French practices Exploration Architecture and RFR have been shortlisted for the walkway’s design following an international design competition.
Richard Tice, chief executive officer of project developer CLS, said: ‘These significant regeneration plans can provide Vauxhall with a new public square the size of Paternoster Square and establish the area as the next major London growth zone, just over a mile from the Houses of Parliament.
‘We believe they can accelerate the redevelopment anticipated around the new US Embassy and provide an innovative solution to one of the major blights of the Vauxhall area, namely the congested and difficult to navigate gyratory system.
‘We have already secured substantial support from early discussions with a number of key stakeholders and major nearby landowners.
‘In addition, the US Embassy has confirmed that they encourage the creation of a pedestrian friendly environment that connects Vauxhall to their new building. As a long-standing local Vauxhall-based company and sponsor in the local community, CLS looks forward to discussing these exciting plans with all stakeholders.’
A detailed planning application will be submitted later this year with the scheme scheduled to complete in time for the opening of the new American Embassy in 2016-17.
- a major new public square (similar in size to Paternoster Square in Central London)
- over 18,580m² of offices
- a 300 bed hotel
- over 7,432m² of retail with restaurants and bars
- over 400 residential apartments in two towers of over 40 storeys
- a 6 screen cinema
- approximately 240 bed student housing