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Lynch Architects’ revised Nova Place library scheme wins planning

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Lynch Architects’ revised Nova Place library scheme in London’s Victoria is finally set to start on site after the last element of the regeneration project won planning approval last week

On Tuesday (2 July) Westminster councillors rubberstamped the development on the corner of Bressenden Place and Victoria Street, which completes the western edge of developer Landsec’s Nova scheme.

The development was first given the OK in 2016 but delays to the upgrade of the transport hub meant work never got under way and the proposals for the site were later adapted.

A new planning application was submitted in January for Nova Place, an L-shaped, 6,098m² collection of three buildings next to the Frank Matcham-designed Victoria Palace Theatre and the Duke of York pub.

Lynch Architects collaborated with muf architecture/art with J&L Gibbons on the scheme’s public realm, which proposes planting and street furniture to resemble theatrical seating, which could be used for public performances and activities.

The first phase of Landsec’s scheme was completed in 2017 and includes two mammoth PLP-designed office blocks – Nova South and Nova North – and The Nova Building, a block of 170 flats designed by Benson & Forsyth.

The Nova Place scheme is a few streets away from Lynch Architects’ award-winning Zig Zag building, a 13-storey office block on Victoria Street.

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  • Is the top-knot on the corner just a dressed-up plant room, or something more interesting?

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