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Farrells wins planning for £520m skyscraper scheme in south London

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Farrells’ proposals for a £520 million skyscraper development in south London have been approved by councillors

The practice’s plans for a 1,152-home scheme on the 1.4ha Old Kent Road site were given the go-ahead by Southwark’s planning committee on Monday evening (29 October).

The Ruby Triangle project for developer Avanton will see an existing church building and small business units demolished to make way for three new blocks.

The development contains four residential towers varying in heights from 17 storeys on Old Kent Road up to 30, 40, and 48 storeys on Ruby Street. Forty per cent housing of the homes will be designated affordable.

Arranged around a central open space, the scheme also includes 10,849m² of non-residential floor space, including a new four-court public sports hall and gym. Retail units, workshops and studios would front the Old Kent Road.

Local residents objected to the scheme, raising concerns that the affordable housing offer did not meet the 50 per cent threshold for Strategic Industrial Land sites in the Mayor’s draft New London Plan.

Local business association Vital OKR also objected to the loss of employment workspace on the site. 

But councillors voted in favour of the development. Southwark Council development chief Johnson Situ said: ’The Ruby Triangle plans will deliver over 1,000 new homes, with 40 per cent affordable housing including 277 new social homes, with larger family homes and intermediate rents that will create a genuinely mixed community.

’We recognise the concerns of some local residents, especially around the height of buildings, but we welcome the decision that this development offers the right balance of benefits for local people and will complement the area as part of the wider work we are doing to develop the Old Kent Road Area Action Plan, which is a work in progress and which we are working with local residents to put together.’

Russ Hamilton, design partner at Farrells said: ’The design of these buildings and the Ruby Triangle scheme generally, all within Southwark’s wider vision for the area, has been an excellent and rewarding challenge for Farrells. 

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Project data

Applicant Ruby Triangle Properties
Contract Mixed-use residential scheme
First submission 19 March 2018
Estimated contract value £520 million
Architect Farrells
Client Avanton
Planning and EIA consultant GL Hearn
Landscape LDA Design
Structure Waterman Group
Acoustic, energy, fire, lighting & MEP consultant Point 2 Surveyors
Townscape Peter Stewart Consultancy
Access consultant David Bonnett Associates
Principal design and construction manager ORSA Projects
Heritage consultant CGMS
Strategic communications consultant Terrapin Communications
Commercial/marketing consultant Gooch Cuncliffe Whale

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