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Make wins go-ahead for Albert Embankment towers


Lambeth Council has given the green light for a pair of 25-storey towers designed by Make on London’s Albert Embankment

Backed by developer Ocubis, the 166-home twin-tower scheme at 36-46 Albert Embankment is the latest in a long line of proposals for the former Texaco garage site and neighbouring Vintage House.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) had previously drawn up plans for the Thamesside plot in the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea opportunity area on behalf of Foxtons founder Jon Hunt.

In 2009 - and before the Victorian Vintage House warehouse site was included in the scheme – Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make had also come up with proposals for a blade-like, 75m-tall building (pictured below). However, Lambeth Council refused permission for the project.

The newly approved scheme, which will also see Vintage House refurbished and includes 2,162m² of office space, will sit alongside a string of developments on the Albert Embankment such as the 27-storey The Corniche (former Hampton House site) by Foster + Partners and the 18-storey Merano scheme (Eastbury House site) designed by RSHP.

Richard Scutt, development director for Ocubis, said: ‘The proposals will continue the regeneration of the Albert Embankment by creating a visually stunning mixed-use scheme comprising both private and affordable homes, approximately double the current commercial office space on-site, new public realm and an active street frontage linking the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens with Albert Embankment Gardens and the Thames.’

36 - 46 Albert embankment by Make

36 - 46 Albert embankment by Make

36 - 46 Albert embankment by Make - early concept sketches (on right of picture)

Project data

Location 36-46 Albert Embankment, London SE1
Type of project Mixed-use (private and affordable residential, commercial office space, retail/café space)
Client Ocubis, on behalf of site owner Hotchkiss
Architect Make Architects
Landscape architect Kim Wilkie with Simon Ronan
Planning consultant DP9
Structural engineer Watermans
M&E consultant Watermans
Quantity surveyor Core Five
GIA 275,530ft² (25,600m²)
Total cost Resi GDV £250m plus office

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572736 48albertembankment pic2

36-48 Albert Embankment by Make - refused permission in 2009



Readers' comments (2)

  • An extra bit bolted onto the side of a tower, now why hadn't anyone thought of that before ? - possibly because it might wind up looking clumsy and ugly? Never mind, more 'look at me' stuff to entertain the children, but I wonder what next, a T shaped block?

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  • That visual doesn't do the project much by way of favours, does it?
    Just a bog-standard view of potential soon-to-be high-rises - presumably now that we've virtually erased most of the 50s and 60s variety...

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