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Stiff + Trevillion’s reworked Vauxhall tower scheme approved

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Revised plans by Stiff + Trevillion for three buildings, including a 37-storey residential tower in Vauxhall, south London, have been approved by councillors

Earlier this week London Borough of Lambeth’s planning applications committee unanimously voted in favour of the scheme, which replaces an existing consent by Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects.

Stiff + Trevillion altered its own initial designs for the plot in Wyvil Road, which were submitted in September last year on behalf of development manager Alchemi Group, by reducing the height of a proposed office building from three and 10 storeys, to one and five storeys.

Lance Routh, a director at Stiff + Trevillion, told the AJ: ‘There is an outline permission for a school to the east of our site and, after discussions with the council over daylight and sunlight issues, we have brought down the height of the office building and changed the angle of the east elevation.’

These changes have almost halved the amount of office floorspace in the development from about 3,700m² to 1,900m², although this is still 657m² than the previously consented scheme.

The practice, which has been novated for the delivery stage of the project, has also increased the number of residential units in its scheme from 272 to 278.

However, the amount of affordable housing has been reduced by 35 homes and replaced by a payment in lieu from the developer of £10.6 million to fund affordable housing elsewhere in the borough.

Routh said that the lower two buildings will be clad with brick to integrate more effectively with their surroundings, while the tower will be ‘more flamboyant’

The 0.33ha site is the southernmost, and last to be granted permission, in the Vauxhall cluster.

Neighbouring developments include Carey Jones Architects’ 130m-tall Sky Gardens and Allies and Morrison’s 74,300m² regeneration of Keybridge House.

Other towers under construction in the rapidly emerging Vauxhall cluster include the £200 million Jenga Tower and the 58-storey One Nine Elms – both designed by KPF.

And Rolfe Judd’s 737-home Sainsbury’s supermarket redevelopment – featuring three towers of 19, 28 and 37 storeys respectively – is due to complete in late 2019.

Louth said: ‘The big challenge for us is that there is a lot of other stuff going on around that is aiming for the same audience. It is quite challenging to try to create something that is distinctive.’

Council planning officers have expressed broad satisfaction with the appearance of the buildings, saying the scheme ‘would support local distinctiveness and would not detract from the visual amenity of the local and wider area’.

A report that went before councillors said: ‘Although similar to other towers the proposal would be identifiable as an attractive tower in its own right, clearly distinctive due to its stepped roof profile and articulation of the buildings’ form to create two vertical volumes.’

Project data

[Approved design, March 2017] Stiff + Trevillion tower proposal for 12-20 Wyvil Road

[Approved design, March 2017] Stiff + Trevillion tower proposal for 12-20 Wyvil Road

[Approved design, March 2017] Stiff + Trevillion tower proposal for 12-20 Wyvil Road

Location 12-20 Wyvil Road, Vauxhall
Type of project Mixed use
Client Alchemi Group
Architect Stiff + Trevillion
Landscape architect Camlins
Planning consultant DP9
Structural engineer Mason Navarro Pledge
M&E consultant Hurley Palmer Flatt
Quantity surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Planning supervisor DP9
Form of contract Design and Build
Total cost: TBC

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