Monday, 21 June 2010

20 Albert Embankment - information on three towers planned for the area

The developers of 20 Albert Embankment (Hampton House) are requesting that Lambeth Council approve certain details of the conditions specified re. developing the new buildings intended for the site.  It seems that permission was already granted by Lambeth Council in 2008 (application 07/04264/FUL) for:

Redevelopment of the site involving the demolition of existing buildings and erection of three buildings of between 13 and 27 storeys to provide a mixed use development comprising ground floor commercial units (flexible Use Class A1, A2, A3, A4, B1, D2), an 167 room apart-hotel, 242 self contained residential units comprising 93 x 1 bed, 77 x 2 bed, 65 x 3 bed and 7 x 4 bed, along with associated parking and landscaping including first floor podium and roof gardens. 
I was completely unaware of this building having been granted permission, but it seems to have have happened some time before I was blogging about the area.  I wonder whether they've had to speed the development along, on the basis that the Vauxhall Island site also contains a proposed hotel.  It seems unlikely, since the Vauxhall Island site hasn't even been submitted for planning yet.  Instead, perhaps it's a sign that large companies are now able to access finance again, after the credit-crunch woes of last year.  Who knows?  Take a look at the pictures on Skyscraper City to see what the 3 towers will look like (not attractive or exciting, if you ask me).

Please note that this is a separate proposal from the 8 Albert Embankment Fire station development (see here for the consultation on that) and here for information on the opposition to 8 Albert Embankment from our local councillors.

I know it's getting difficult to keep up, but these buildings will all affect existing residents in different ways.  This is not strictly an SE11 development, but the Albert Embankment falls within the strange hinterland of SE1 / SE11 and it will affect those who live on the area around the Ethelred Estate.

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