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Exclusive: AHMM takes over from Chipperfield on Elizabeth House redevelopment

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Developer HB Reavis has appointed Allford Hall Monaghan Morris to develop plans for the Elizabeth House office block near London’s Waterloo Station – a move which ends David Chipperfield Architects’ seven-year involvement with the site

The practice was selected from an impressive list of shortlisted top-name architects, including Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, BIG and WilkinsonEyre to land the prize job to redevelop the 1965 block in York Road.

It is understood the Slovakian-based property company also talked to David Chipperfield Architects, which in 2014 had won permission for a contentious 29-storey tower on the plot following a lengthy planning process.  

The contested Chipperfield scheme, approved by Lambeth Council, included 132,000m² of new space, including 142 new homes and a range of office and retail space.

HB Reavis bought the plot for around £85 million from London & Regional and Chelsfield earlier this year.

Kiran Pawar, development director at HB Reavis, said: ‘AHMM has been appointed as the design partner for the Elizabeth House redevelopment, marking an important milestone in the development’s evolution.

’Our ethos is to create remarkable places and experiences for people, and with AHMM we are taking a fresh look at the opportunity to deliver something that is of lasting benefit to Waterloo, Lambeth and London.

He added: ‘Ahead of this appointment we engaged with a number of architects, each of which was extremely impressive. Working with AHMM, we will offer a world-class, contemporary office-led development that supports thousands of jobs and provides public realm improvements that will benefit the tens of millions of people who use Waterloo station.

We will offer a world-class, contemporary office-led development that supports thousands of jobs

Pawar concluded: ‘HB Reavis will now work with AHMM to develop proposals before consulting widely with the local community during 2018. We intend to be part of the Waterloo community for years to come through delivering and managing Elizabeth House and we look forward to making a hugely positive contribution to the area.’

David Chipperfield, which currently has its office in Elizabeth House, spent nearly four years getting the green light for its proposed two new buildings (pictured), one part 29-storey and part 14-storey, and another of 11 storeys.

The practice won the commission in 2010, submitted its application in 2012 and secured its final approvals two years later after English Heritage and Westminster City Council lost a High Court bid to stop the scheme. 

In early 2015 communities secretary Eric Pickles decided not to call in the proposals, but the designs were never progressed.

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