Lambeth Council approves 37-storey Vauxhall tower project in UK

13 November 2014 (Last Updated November 13th, 2014 18:30)

UK's Lambeth Council has granted permission for construction of the Vauxhall tower project in London, which has been designed by architecture firm Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects (SDPS).

UK's Lambeth Council has granted permission for construction of the Vauxhall tower project in London, which has been designed by architecture firm Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects (SDPS).

The 37-storey tower is being developed as part of a joint project between Wyvil Road and Network Rail. It will be built on a 0.33ha site in south London.

Planned to sit in the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, the latest scheme is aimed at replacing the existing offices and a warehouse beside the mainline railway into Waterloo Station.

"Sky courts cut into the tower's glazed elevations...contrasts with neighbouring 'solid' elements along the skyline." 

The project will comprise 291 homes, 1,270m² of ground space for shops and about 1,267m² allocated for office space, in addition to range of cut-away 'sky court' amenity spaces.

A single-storey podium will connect the tower and lower six to eight-storey blocks with offices on the first and second floors. Houses will be built higher than the adjoining railway flyover.

SDPS said: "Sky courts cut into the tower's glazed elevations providing amenity and creating a lightweight facade, which contrasts with neighbouring 'solid' elements along the skyline."

Lambeth planning officers claim that the latest proposals for Vauxhall tower offer a high-quality residential environment comprising generous on-site amenity and play space.

Further, the horizontal baguettes integrated on the exterior part of the structure offers it a distinctive look, the developer claims.