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London Fire Brigade HQ to be transformed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) has landed the prize project to redevelop the London Fire Brigade's headquarters building on Albert Embankment, south of the River Thames into a mixed-use development.

The announcement came after the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) yesterday agreed to sell the sought-after 1ha riverside plot to developer Native Land.

The property company wants to transform the site into a 'high-quality' development. However, as part of the deal, the existing GradeII-listed 1937 HQ block will have to be retained.

There are also stipulations that the Brigade's memorial hall and a listed drill tower must also be kept and that the Lambeth Fire Station - also on the site- must be refurbished and upgraded.

It is understood the fire service will move into a new HQ building in Union Street, Southwark.

Alasdair Nicholls, chief executive of Native Land, said: 'We are delighted to have agreed terms with LFEPA to acquire this important riverside site.

'We have appointed a design team to deliver a high-quality mixed-use redevelopment scheme that will also create best value for our public-sector partner.'

A planning application is expected to be submitted by the end of 2007.

by Richard Waite

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