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Old January 25th, 2006, 07:23 PM   #1
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Vauxhall Cross, London

Take a look at this, it is a stunning new tower scheme in central London (well two actually) by one of Europe's largest property companies, London & Regional Properties (L&R).

The project architect is Squire & Partners, which is reflected in the elegance of the design. The scheme comprises two towers of 46 and 23 stories linked by a feature Eden Project-esq glazed winter garden, which "lands" the building brilliantly and links it to the surrounding area. Land uses include residential, hotel, office, retail and community uses.

Take a look at the project website for more info: www.vauxhall-cross.co.uk . As a local resident I will post regular updates as this exciting project progresses.

I attended L&R's public exhibition back in November 2005, where they were showing off two amazzing 1:200 and 1:400 scale models of the scheme and surrounding area.

A full planning application was submitted to Lambeth Council on 21 December 2005.

The developer, L&R Director Jason Mills, gave a superb unscripted and funny presentation to a group of seventy local residents on Monday evening, which i gatecrashed. He seems to enjoy strong local support in part because he projects a passion for the project and appears honest, well for a property developer! He was very very confident that when they get consent it will be built in a two year build programme. Apparently he already have several hotel companies interested in it and a string of people wanting to buy apartmebnts there.

I just hope that Lambeth Council learns a lesson from the expensive humiliation of refusing and then loosing the Inquiry into the far uglier 50 storey St George Tower next door and all the earlier 17 storey phases as well and support the Vauxhall Cross project. The best irony of which is that Lambeth bought the only office building in St Georges Wharf and now occupy it with their planning department!? But Vauxhall Cross is much more elegant and with the winter garden feature deserves to get political and planning officer level support.

L&R seems to be pulling out all the stops to get a consent by embarking of a large public consultation drive and proposing a massive package of local benefits. This apparently includes £2M to restore Spring Gardens, £1M to develop new local educational intiatives at Vauxhall City Farm, £1M to provide a new entrance to Vauxhall underground station and removing the middle lane of Wandsworth Road to create a new tree lined boulevard and direct link to the River Thames Path.

All in all true area-wide regeneration in action! As a local resident i might be a little biased and i like tall buildings, but in my view this is one of the most beautiful tower schemes proposed in London in recent years. If built, it will transform Vauxhall from an inner London overlooked backwater (read dump) into a sought after destination and bring another landmark to our skyline. Bring it on!

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Old January 26th, 2006, 01:07 AM   #2
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This could create another cluster if Vauxhall Tower comes to fruition. What's the status on that one? L&R seems to be pretty confident its going forward - they've included a render of it on their site.
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Old January 26th, 2006, 03:06 AM   #3
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Its due to start this year at 180m I think!

There are a few more 150m+ towers for this area
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Old January 26th, 2006, 11:09 AM   #4
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As colemonkee pointed out, this could be the start of another cluster in London, excellent. Clusters are the way to go.
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Old January 26th, 2006, 12:36 PM   #5
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With enough of these clusters, they will eventually start growing together. London will look even better than it does! Just keep 'em coming!
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Old January 26th, 2006, 05:25 PM   #6
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All the images I could find:





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Old January 26th, 2006, 07:19 PM   #7
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wow
i like them
i hope they will be built
good luck

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yes, actually thats the advantage of London and Istanbul (sorry, that i put Istanbul in this topic).
2-3 cluster now
1 BIG cluster in the future
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Old January 26th, 2006, 09:31 PM   #8
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One Word: Stunning!!!
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Old January 27th, 2006, 01:38 AM   #9
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The tower itself looks good,but I'm not sure if I like the idea of making a third cluster in London.
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Old January 27th, 2006, 01:41 AM   #10
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the atrium is kickin... i really like the street level elements
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Old January 27th, 2006, 06:43 AM   #11
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The tower itself looks good,but I'm not sure if I like the idea of making a third cluster in London.
3rd cluster>?

Try 7th lol - there all over the shop, the route along the thames is gonna be stunning.
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Old January 27th, 2006, 11:33 AM   #12
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Yeah, there are going to be at least 7 major clusters in London by 2012:

The City
Canary Wharf
Southwark
Vauxhall
Elephant and Castle
Stratford
Croydon

Possibly Greenwich too - there are several mid/high-rises planned for down there.
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Old January 27th, 2006, 11:45 AM   #13
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Just imagine if you merged all those into one single huge cluster... it would be larger than most of the big North American skylines - Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, maybe even Los Angeles.
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Old January 27th, 2006, 12:47 PM   #14
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What di you mean, maybe even LA? LA doesn´t have a very big skyline.
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Old January 27th, 2006, 06:27 PM   #15
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hay it may not be big but it is glorious!
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Old January 27th, 2006, 07:33 PM   #16
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Just imagine if you merged all those into one single huge cluster... it would be larger than most of the big North American skylines - Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, maybe even Los Angeles.
Yeah it would look great,unfortunately they are building towers all over the city and that doesn't look good IMO.
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Old January 27th, 2006, 08:10 PM   #17
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Building towers all over the city will look much better than 1 huge cluster. Imagine if LBT, when built, was surrounded by lots of other 150m-200m towers. Sure it would be good to have lots more towers, but all you would be able to see of LBT would be the top. The same goes for Bishopsgate. It is perfect. If there are to be more tall proposals for the city i hope they dont block the view of what will be an amazing tower.

So it actually is good that there will be like 10 clusters. And also, not many other world class cities can say they have so many clusters. The look will be unique to London, and like it or not, that makes this so much better.
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Old January 28th, 2006, 04:07 AM   #18
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I'm also of the belief that a number of clusters is better than one massive cluster, as the entire city at street level won't be cast in complete shadow and they help improve the decorum of a city, and I agree you wouldn't want 150m towers detracting or blocking the views of Bishopsgate, LBT etc.
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Old January 28th, 2006, 11:51 AM   #19
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I agree too, several clusters are better than one single huge cluster, and would suit London's character and topography better.
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Any chance of posting an image of each cluster planned?
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