Lambeth Council approves construction of Jenga Tower in London

7 August 2014 (Last Updated August 7th, 2014 18:30)

UK's Lambeth Council has granted permission for construction of the Jenga Tower project in London, designed by architecture firm KPF.

UK's Lambeth Council has granted permission for construction of the Jenga Tower project in London, designed by architecture firm KPF.

The project is being developed by McGrove Properties and Vauxhall Bondway, and will feature two towers, one of 50 storeys and the other 25 storeys.

"Developers aim to convince people by showcasing the benefits of the tower, as the building's office space will generate 319 new full time jobs and 753 construction positions." 

The larger tower will have 360 private flats, whereas the smaller one will offer 90 affordable housing units. In addition, the building will feature a cinema, a gymnasium, private gardens and office space.

Due to the stacks of blocks design, the building has been given the nickname Jenga Tower.

Previously, the project was rejected by Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles, Westminster Council and English Heritage over its improper design, citing the tower lacks proper public space and that it would block the views of the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

The latest approval came despite opposition from local residents who fear the towers would block sunlight.

Developers aim to convince people by showcasing the benefits of the tower, as the building's office space will generate 319 new full time jobs and 753 construction positions, according to the developers.

Construction work on the site is expected to start by 2015 and be completed by 2018.