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Old November 12th, 2008, 05:46 PM   #41
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Why have I just learnt about this in Building today?


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Old November 13th, 2008, 03:58 PM   #42
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^Looks very cool.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 08:04 PM   #43
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Vauxhall Sky Gardens gains planning approval


London based Amin Taha Architects and their client, Fraser Properties, have achieved planning approval for Vauxhall Sky Garden. The practice was commissioned to investigate a number of sites and develop concepts for achieving high development ratios while maintaining good quality amenity spaces for residents. The site at Vauxhall Cross lies within the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) newly designated “Nine Elms Opportunity Area” stretching from Lambeth Bridge to Battersea Power Station, a location the American Embassy will be moving to from their current location at Grosvenor Place in Mayfair and which is expected to be a larger development area than Canary Wharf.

The tower will be 130 m tall with 178 residential units and approximately 10,000 sq m of office, retail and associated spaces. It is unique for its 2,500 sq m of communal ‘sky-gardens’, each being triple height and on a full floor plate. Shared by their surrounding apartments they expand opportunities and choice for social interaction allowing for the creation of micro-communities within such large and otherwise inherently anonymous blocks. Landscaping allows for smaller intimate ‘park-bench’ areas, larger break-out spaces for ‘social passing trade’ and for 9 months of the year enough area to grow a weekly salad box for every household.

The residential units are predominantly private with 40% given over to controlled affordable rented and shared equity residents.

With WSP Engineers the project, at 2,600 habitable rooms per ha and a development ration 1:14, has the highest development density for London and UK and is intended as an urban model of integrated environmental and social sustainability. Key to attaining any residential approval in London is the provision of amenity space for residents normally provided in the form of an external balcony for each residential unit and some shared external garden space provided in the form of roof terraces. The availability of the larger shared space quickly determines the number of habitable rooms available for development on a given site and therefore the development ratio. Amin Taha Architects worked closely with the Local Authority’s Planning Department, the GLA, English Heritage and the Commission for Architecture in the Built Environment (CABE) to provide a series of significant garden spaces which would be a product of habitable rooms and in this way allow an increase in density and development ratio.

Similar to Georgian and Victorian Garden Squares in other parts of London, the surrounding residents would exclusively use these as their shared amenity engendering shared ownership, responsibility and community. Theoretically then as long as one sky garden is provided for so many residents a tower can go up indefinitely. Increasing density and mixing uses increases efficiency in energy use and significantly scaled garden spaces maintain social sustainability.

Fraser Properties intends to develop the £72M tower with a completion date projected for 2012.








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Old November 13th, 2008, 09:07 PM   #44
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Imageing a city where highrise tropical gardens with stunning views are common place and open to many in the middle of winter!
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Old November 13th, 2008, 09:56 PM   #45
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Yet another reason why the Fenchurch skyscraper scheme should be axed. London would still get a skygarden skyscraper.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 10:14 PM   #46
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Obviously not taking in Mulattokid's point about having as many as possible
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Old November 13th, 2008, 10:20 PM   #47
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^I think mulattokid´s idea is great but I just can´t stand the walkie talkie thingy.
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Old November 15th, 2008, 01:31 AM   #48
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finally there will be interesting things to look at arriving into waterloo!
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Old December 18th, 2008, 12:57 PM   #49
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CABE Design review
Vauxhall Sky Gardens
A residential and commercial development of 34 storeys that includes 138 flats, two 'sky garden' high-level amenity spaces within the tower, and a podium roof garden.

Review date: 09 September 2008
Lead designer: Amin Taha Architects
Client: Frasers Projects Ltd
Local authority: London: Lambeth
Location: 143-161 Wandsworth Road, London SW8
Region: London
Categories: Public space

Summary
We support the ambition of this project and find the concept of the sky gardens appealing in principle. However, do not feel that the planning application demonstrates that the proposal can be successfully developed into a credible residential tall building. It does not make a convincing case for the sky gardens as meaningful or usable amenity space and we do not support the proposals put forward for the internal layouts of the residential floors. We believe that both the amenity space and internal layout proposals will have an unacceptable impact on residential quality. We do not, therefore, support the application in its current form.

Scale and massing
In line with our CABE and English Heritage joint Guidance on Tall Buildings, CABE would expect this tall building proposal to be presented in the context of its own urban design study, which analyses the site’s relationship to its context and demonstrates how it sits in relation to the emerging policy context, and other tall buildings, consented and proposed. While in our view, a convincing case could be put forward for a tall building in this location there is insufficient analysis in the current application.

Architectural Treatment
Given that the architectural expression of this scheme relies on the articulation provided by the sky gardens, we are concerned that, if this is not achievable in reality, the form of the tower will be reduced to a bland block. We are disappointed that the third sky garden, shown in the pre-application proposal, has now been omitted from the application scheme and that the generosity and expressiveness of the articulation of the sky gardens shown in the previous proposal has been diluted. The combination of these amendments has subjugated the sky gardens within the facades, and the architectural expression of the block is much less successful as a result.

We note that standard glass in daylighting conditions appears dark, not transparent, in reality. It will therefore be crucial to the architectural realisation of the sky garden concept that conditions on any approval are used to ensure that the glazing technology allows the sky gardens to be sufficiently visible through the façade during daylight hours.

Sky gardens
We find the sky garden proposals contained in the application unconvincing for a number of reasons:

The strategies for how they will be cleaned, ventilated, cooled, maintained or managed are not sufficiently clear.

Although the amenity spaces serve the 24 family units within the proposal there do not appear to be any spaces provided that are suitable for children’s play.

We are concerned that the floor to ceiling heights proposed for the sky gardens may be too low to give an adequately spacious amenity area or for successful planting. There is a discrepancy in the floor to ceiling height between sections, elevations and physical model. The explanatory diagrammatic sections within the design and access statement appear to misrepresent the scale of the space. The precedent provided of the Barbican is misleading because it has a much higher floor to ceiling height than appears to be the case in the sky gardens and it is not the primary amenity space for Barbican residents.

The depth of soil shown even in the raised planters does not appear adequate for the scale of planting indicated.

In the absence of evidence that the sky gardens can function as the primary private and affordable residential amenity, the planning authority should assure itself that there is a convincing strategy for alternative amenity space within the development and local area ─ otherwise the development becomes unfeasible as a residential proposition. In our view, a much more detailed and rigorous analysis is required to test how the sky gardens will work in reality. This aspect of the design will need to be heavily conditioned in any approval to ensure that the sky gardens provide meaningful and habitable amenity space that will be adequately maintained and managed in the long term.

Roof gardens
We are concerned by the apparently tortuous access for residents to the upper roof garden. We believe that the lower roof garden, because of its location within the building, will be used almost exclusively by the office workers and should not be included as a residential amenity space.

Internal arrangement
The angled internal planning of the tower has produced flat layouts with too many non-orthogonal rooms that will be awkward to furnish. We think that this is an unacceptable arrangement and it seems counterintuitive to create irregular flats within a square tower. The layout has also compromised the balcony and winter-garden space, which does not always appear to be usable.

Delivery
A tall building of this kind will be expensive to build. The planning authority should condition any approval to ensure that the high standard of architectural quality required is not diluted throughout the process of procurement, detailed design, and construction.

Conclusion
We feel there is more work needed by the design team to justify the height and massing of the proposal in townscape terms. We are disappointed by the revised architectural treatment and feel that the sky gardens are not convincingly articulated in the application proposal. Until the local authority can be assured that the sky gardens are a workable amenity space proposition and the internal flat layouts are of sufficient quality we do not think that this application should be granted approval.
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Old December 18th, 2008, 02:23 PM   #50
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Just remind me Darren....are CABE in a postion to hlat delivery?

I know they are generally positive about shemes and I am sure thye are right about the the 'guts' of the building needing more thought.

Without trying to sound liek a snob....all amentiy gardens suffer from the minority riffraff of a community...so for instance....is there likely to loads of Hoody rude boy Staff dog shite everywhere????
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Old December 18th, 2008, 02:51 PM   #51
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CABE are purely advisory although what they do advise does carry weight as it is read by the various local & Mayoral planning departments who do make the decisions.
Unlike EH they do not have any power to call in a scheme.
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Old December 18th, 2008, 03:52 PM   #52
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Thanks LL...well this has been apporved already so they may take no notice.
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Old December 18th, 2008, 04:01 PM   #53
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Since that was written by CABE & it being approved they might have addressed some of the short comings & Lambeth planning might stipulate certain things that CABE have mentioned as part of the planning conditions if/when it gets built.
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Old May 31st, 2009, 02:32 PM   #54
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Old May 31st, 2009, 02:33 PM   #55
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Thanks london lad.
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There's also a fly through video under -Projects- Tower study

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no objections here, i quite like the 2 tier garden part!

for what it's worth i echo the hatred of 20 Fenchurch... thank god the height of it has been reduced
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Unhappy Vauxhall Sky Gardens update

by VivaVauxhall - January 27th, 2010.

The gorgeous initial design has eventually been revised...

Personally I'm very disappointed, the original one was a lot better IMO, a lot more gorgeous,pfff:

Initial design

Revised design

So be it then...

http://www.vivavauxhall.org/2010/01/vauxhall-sky-gardens-update/
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 02:23 PM   #59
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Looks worse. Like a poor version of Strata complete with the standard random(ish) cladding.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 02:28 PM   #60
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Always going to happen, but a severe disappointment nonetheless. Just looks cheap and third-rate now.
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