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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands cuts back South Bank tower scheme

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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) has revealed these images of its hacked-back Doon Street tower scheme on London's South Bank.

The £200 million scheme, for Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB), was first revealed in October 2005 (Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands looks tall on South Bank). Back then it included a 172m-tall residential tower, a community swimming pool, new public spaces and shopping facilities.

However, the new proposal for the 5ha site next to the National Theatre features a reduced, 144m-tall, mixed-use tower containing 329 flats - down from the original scheme's proposed 355 flats.

In LDS' revised plan, stainless-steel cladding has been ditched in favour of white stone and bronze. In addition, LDS has bumped up the landscaping of the proposed 1,800m2public square near Waterloo Bridge, introduced biomass power generators and designed a two-storey 'educational' building.

The changes, made in response to recommendations by English Heritage, do not affect LDS' original plans for a leisure centre featuring an eight-lane, 25m swimming pool, sports hall, gym and café, all to be operated by Greenwich Leisure.

Allies & Morrison is also pressing on with plans to build a dance studio and headquarters for the Rambert Dance Company.

CSCB is hosting an exhibition of the proposed scheme at the ground floor of Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, SE1. Exhibition panels are available to download at www.coinstreet.org.

Iain Tuckett, group director of CSCB, denied that the cutting back of the scheme was a setback and said: 'We have managed to maintain the elegant proportions by reducing the height of the tower,' and added that the stone cladding was a 'great adjustment'.

A planning application for the scheme will be submitted in two weeks' time.

by Max Thompson

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