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John McAslan releases new images of Millbank Tower plans

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John McAslan & Partners has revealed its plans to convert the grade II-listed Millbank Tower - once London’s tallest building - into 200 flats

Due to be submitted for planning next month, the scheme will add an extra three floors to the 32-storey skyscraper close to the Houses of Parliament which was designed by Ronald Ward + Partners and completed in 1963.

The proposals include three penthouses, a ‘publically accessible’ sky bar on the 34th floor, a cafe in the new podium, a gym and a new amphitheatre.

The plans have been drawn up for building’s owners, the billionaire Reuben Brothers, and include a proposed home for the UK’s national Holocaust memorial.

The Thamesside complex is one of a number shortlisted sites, outlined in a Home Office report, into a new holocaust memorial published earlier this year (see Britain’s Promise to Remember).

According to the practice, ‘if Millbank is not selected an alternative occupier would be sought for this [cultural] space spread over three floors’.

Backed by developers Motcomb Estates, the project includes a 200-room hotel in the lower Y-shaped block.

If approved work could begin in 2019.

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McAslan’s Millbank plans could include Holocaust memorial

John McAslan’s plans to convert the Millbank Tower and complex into a 5-star hotel and luxury residential could become home to the UK’s national Holocaust memorial

The tower is one of a number shortlisted sites outlined in a Home Office report into a new holocaust memorial published earlier this year.

McAslan is working for the billionaire Reuben Brothers on the transformation of the grade II-listed tower close to the Houses of Parliament, which was designed by Ronald Ward + Partners for engineering firm Vickers in 1963.

Designs by the architect feature in a government’s Holocaust commission report, produced in January, titled Britain’s Promise to Remember.

The document includes mock-ups and artist impressions of the new Learning Centre, which would form part of the memorial, which has an entrance behind the main Millbank tower on John Islip street and includes a reflective pond, wall of rememberance and hidden garden as well as the memorial itself.

The report said: ‘The complex sits alongside Tate Britain which attracts 1.4 million visits a year. It also benefits from its own pier with river boat connections to Westminster. There may be the opportunity to work alongside Tate Britain to further develop the area to increase its appeal, helping to create a new cultural and educational quarter.’

According the the Home Office report other locations for the learning centre include the building a new wing at the Imperial War Museum which could link to the newly-upgraded Holocaust galleries in the main building and Potters Field near Tower Bridge

A spokesperson for Rueben Brothers, the developers behind the Millbank revamp said: ‘Various locations are being considered of which Millbank is one of many. It’s not a decision for us, the project is being run by the Home Office and it’s too early to comment or speculate on what the final result may look like.’

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  • I remember last time we were sold a 'publicly accessible' sky garden at the top of a tower.

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  • Chris Rogers

    Hideous - ruins a good, GII-listed building already sensitively amended. Nor clear why we need a Holocaust memorial there.

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