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First look at new plans for Vivienne Westwood's HQ

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AND Architects has released new images of its planned extension for Vivienne Westwood’s headquarters in Battersea, London.


The practice won planning permission for the scheme in May, and is currently tying up details of planning conditions for the £7million project.

A statement from the practice said the building will use rainwater harvesting and photovoltaics, expand a herb garden on the roof, and use special bricks to support the bee population.

Earlier this year councillors concluded that the development would provide a ‘high quality scheme in terms of architecture and urban design and would represent a noticeable improvement compared to the existing situation on the site’.

The existing buildings on the plot in Elcho Street - close to Foster & Partners’ office - were previously added to by the fashion designer six years ago.

The new 2,000m² extension comprises two sections - one of two storeys and another ranging from four to eight storeys - and will allow the firm to locate more of its staff in the building as well as expand its headcount.

It will also provide space for a fashion archive assembled since the 1970s which is used as a source of reference for designers.

The application received 18 letters objection on grounds relating to the scale and increased traffic.

The site has been the design home and distribution hub of the Vivienne Westwood brand for the past two decades. 

Elcho street

Elcho street

Existing site

Project data

Location 9-15 Elcho Street, London, SW11 4AU
Type of project Commercial
Client Elcho Street Property Ltd
Architect AND Architects
Planning consultant DRK Planning Ltd
Structural engineer Webb Yates
M&E consultant TBA
Quantity surveyor TBA
Main contractor TBA
Tender date Last week of April 2016 (expected)
Start on site date Last week of July 2016 (expected)
Gross internal floor area 1,800m² of existing + 2,000m² of proposed
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional JCT without quantities
Total cost Approx. £7million

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