Make Architects Vauxhall Tower Criticised by English Heritage

29 March 2010 (Last Updated March 29th, 2010 18:30)

The Octave, a 42-storey tower in Vauxhall, UK, has been criticised by English Heritage and Westminster Council for spoiling views of London landmarks. The tower was designed by the UK-based practice Make Architects, and is set to be given planning consent by Lambeth Council despite op

The Octave, a 42-storey tower in Vauxhall, UK, has been criticised by English Heritage and Westminster Council for spoiling views of London landmarks.

The tower was designed by the UK-based practice Make Architects, and is set to be given planning consent by Lambeth Council despite opposition from preservation groups.

Lambeth Council said that the location had been earmarked by the Greater London Authority as suitable for tall buildings and its planners recommended the building to be approved, reports bdonline.com.

The proposed building currently stands at 149m high, a reduction from the originally planned 175m.

English Heritage is concerned about the tower's impact on the London skyline, while Westminster Council highlights the structure's impact on the World Heritage sites of Parliament Square, Whitehall and Westminster Abbey.

The building, clad in steel, copper and glass, will feature 276 one to four-bedroom flats, rooftop winter gardens, retail spaces and commercial units.