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Viñoly to resubmit Marble Arch Tower scheme

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Developer Almacantar is to submit revised plans by Rafael Viñoly for the £450 million redevelopment of Marble Arch Tower in London’s West End later this month

The new scheme for the site close to Hyde Park includes more office space than the original proposal which was approved by Westminster City Council back in June (AJ 04.06.14).

The consented project featured 11,400m² of office space alongside a multi-screen cinema, 53 apartments and 3,300m² of retail.

The revised plans will still see Trehearne & Norman’s 23-storey tower overlooking Hyde Park demolished and replaced by a cylindrical-shaped skyscraper. However the replacement for the 1966 landmark will be increased in height from 17 to 18 storeys adding 930m² of commercial space.

The overall number of homes in the scheme will drop from 53 to 49 flats.

Almacantar development director Kathrin Hersel said: ‘The alterations to the original scheme don’t look like major changes - but altogether they triggered a new application.

‘We are now proposing minor changes to the scheme which will result in an increase of office space and an additional floor to the Western building.’

The revisions will not impact on an already consented £70 million sister scheme by Terry Farrell in Edgeware Road which is part of the Section 106 agreement between Almacantar and the local authority relating to the Marble Arch Tower redevelopment.

Farrell’s design includes retail and 76 townhouses and apartments of which 47 will be affordable housing. A disused petrol station will also be reopened,

Both projects are expected to complete in 2018.

Hersel added: ‘[The changes] have not pushed back the timetable at all. We had always planned to start on site in autumn next year [2015] and hope to go to committee on the new applciation in February..

‘The existing leases don’t come to an end until next summer.’

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