A major mixed-use scheme in Vauxhall Cross, involving a 40-storey tower and a 32-storey tower, 291 apartments and 26,000 sq ft of offices, has been granted planning permission.
The development will also create shops, restaurants, a digital cinema, a hotel with a sky bar, a dental surgery, a children’s play area and 58 affordable homes.
Wendover investments is the landowner involved in the scheme, while Montagu Evans will act as project manager. Squire and Partners are the architects behind the development.
Adrian Owen, partner and head of residential at Montagu Evans, said: “The vision for Vauxhall Cross Island Site has been a trailblazer for the area well in advance of other applications. Michael Squire’s original concept begun in 2006 and was picked up again in 2009.”
“The GLA’s planning policy framework for the Vauxhall, Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area was only adopted in March 2012, showing how truly inspired the project is.”
The site will be located within the Greater London Authority’s Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, being transformed by 16,000 new homes and regenerated transport infrastructure.
The towers, for which planning permission was sought in 2011, will join the St George’s Wharf Tower in the Vauxhall Cluster, set to form the centrepieces of a new commercial and residential district.
Infrastructure upgrades include a new entrance to Vauxhall Underground station and a series of new road crossings to the bus station.
Raoul Veevers, a planning partner at Montagu Evans, said: “Bringing to fruition this scheme on this site has been challenging, but this consent will see the development of one of the key strategic sites in Vauxhall and help to establish this area as one of the most important residential and economic hubs in the capital.”
Michael Squire, partner, Squire and Partners, said: “We are delighted that the plans for the Vauxhall Cross Island site have been granted consent by the inspectorate”.
“The scheme will transform and reinvigorate the area, opening up the confusing transport interchange and providing an important connection between the historic centre of Vauxhall, the river and the emerging Vauxhall, Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area”.
“New retail, offices and public spaces will improve the ground floor environment and bring life to this previously derelict site.”
Steve Reed, leader of the council for the London Borough of Lambeth, said: “Now that the decision has finally been made about the future of this site we are determined to work together to ensure the future regeneration of Vauxhall.
“There may have been different views in the past about the best way forward. The situation has now changed. Going forward we will be working together to realise and unlock this important site’s enormous potential for Vauxhall.”
The Department of Communities and Local Government said it expected the scheme to “kick start regeneration of the Vauxhall area in teh way invisaged in CS Policy PN2”, as well as “deliver and contribute towards growth in housing and employment opportunities, as required by the London Plan Policy 2.13”.
“The Secretary of State agrees with the inspector’s reasoning and conclusions on high quality and inclusive design. He agrees that the proposal has the capacity to deliver buildings and a layout of high architectural quality.”