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Downing gets approval for 32-storey mixed-use scheme in Vauxhall, London

07 Oct 2012 (Last Updated October 7th, 2012 18:30)

Property developer Downing has secured approval from the London Borough of Lambeth in the UK for a 32-storey mixed-use development in Vauxhall.

Downing mixed-use scheme in Vauxhall

Property developer Downing has secured approval from the London Borough of Lambeth in the UK for a 32-storey mixed-use development in Vauxhall.

Situated at 30-60 South Lambeth Road, the development will feature 553 student accommodation units, a 25m swimming pool at lower ground-level and a leisure facility.

Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the scheme will also feature roof and podium terraces.

A roof terrace will be built above the leisure centre and pool with the main building towering over it at a height of 96.5m.

The leisure centre will feature triangular floor plates with rooms built on each floor set off a central core, while the communal area will be built on one of the corners of the triangle to offer cluster flats in each floor. At the top of the tower there will be a second accessible roof terrace.

Sustainable elements of the building include a combined heat and power system and solar panels.

Downing development director Paul Houghton said that the scheme represents a significant investment in the area, not only through the £4.5m swimming pool and leisure facility, but also through the in excess of £1.5m of contributions that will benefit the local area.

"The proposals will redevelop a Brownfield site and provide a major boost to local businesses through the increased spend that the students will deliver," Houghton said.

Downing submitted the planning application in November 2011 after consultation on the draft plans with the local community.

The size of the swimming pool was increased from 20m to 25m in response to residents’ feedback after a public exhibition that was held in September 2011.

Downing is planning to start construction in the project in 2013 and complete it by the end of 2015.


Image: The 32 storey mixed-use development in Vauxhall will feature 553 student accommodation units and a 25m swimming pool. Photo: Downing.