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ITV plans Southbank studio rebuild

ITV has submitted a study outlining its plans to demolish its current home on the Southbank to make way for a new studio and 38-storey residential tower.

The broadcaster submitted a scoping report to Lambeth Council, which outlines how the existing 23-storey HQ would be demolished and replaced with a new tower that would accommodate 270 new homes.

The study outlines plans that also include a six-storey podium, which would span the development and two further towers ranging from nine to 14 storeys in height.

A feasibility study will determine whether the ITV tower will be refurbished or completely redeveloped. In its application, ITV said there is a “great need” for works on its “outdated facilities”.

The environmental impact assessment scoping report, which was compiled by planning consultancy Cundall, said: “The proposed development will provide an increase of non-residential floorspace, with primary use being office space with subsidiary uses such as studio floor space, reception areas, hospitality, galleries, dressing rooms, production studios, storage and front of house, as well as catering facilities.

“The podium structure aspect of the proposals would see the main podium structure spanning across six storeys flanked by two tower elements along the Queen’s Walk frontage, the eastern and western blocks being nine and 14 storeys in height respectively.”

ITV had previously mooted plans to relocate away from it’s Southbank home, with agents Knight Frank appointed in 2014 to draw up options, which included a move to the Olympic Park in Stratford and Battersea Power Station.

The new report by Cundall will be sent to consultees including English Heritage, the Greater London Authority, the Environment Agency and Highways England, as well as local authorities to map out baselines and methodologies for the scheme.

The broadcaster is currently located behind where the southern end of the proposed Garden Bridge is planned to sit.

However, Sadiq Khan pulled the plug on the scheme in April after refusing to grant mayoral guarantee for the project.

In a letter penned by Mr Khan, he said: “I have always been clear that not a penny more of taxpayers’ money should be allocated to the project.”

In this week’s project report, CN visited the BBC’s new HQ in Cardiff, being overseen by main contractor ISG.

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