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Old September 23rd, 2010, 12:42 AM   #81
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Thanks, my first post on this thread and this tower looks ok, What is it's current status? fully U/C or still on proposal stages?
Surprised this hasn't gone down the shitter already. Isn't the developer of this Fraser Property? Whom of which were the developers of La Lumiere in Leeds till that went bust.

Or maybe I'm thinking of another developer...
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Old May 31st, 2011, 10:50 PM   #82
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A year since I last posted here, absolutely nothing has happened, apart from two large advertising hoardings going up (and some more graffiti on the inside of the site). But noticed a piece by Peter Bill in the Evening Standard that reports a chat with Stanley Quek of Fraser Properties (who do indeed own the site) - here is a quote of some of the more relevant points -
Flying visit: Quek's London call
Dr Stanley Quek has amassed seven million air miles circling the globe inspecting real estate held by his company, Fraser Property in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The 61-year-old Singaporean landed in London on Tuesday to pick up a prize from the Variety Club for doing Good Green Things. So there was an opportunity to chat to the former medic, who retains a lovely bedside manner. Dr Quek also found time no doubt to examine his 500-unit site in Wandsworth's "nappy valley" [this is the mostly-built Riverside Quarter, maybe stretching the definition of the Nappy Valley which is a good mile away in Northcote Road, but hey ho...] and ponder the risks of giving birth to a 34-storey tower in Vauxhall. [...] The property arm has a A$4.5 billion (£3 billion) development pipeline in Australasia and the UK. [... goes on to note that locals overthrew a proposal in 2006 to build towers of up to 28 storeys as the final stage of the Wandsworth Riverside quarter] Quek's revised plans [for Riverside quarter] are more modest, with a new phase of 121 apartments just launched. His 2002 development appraisal reckoned the flats would fetch £480 per square foot. Today, the doctor is looking for £700-£800. So scaling back won't hurt too much. More problematic is the 186-apartment tower hard by Vauxhall tube. "The market is fairly uncertain at the moment" says Quek
Frankly, it doesn't look as though Vauxhall Sky Gardens is going to fly off the drawing board any time soon. I'm vaguely surprised it hasn't been converted to temporary hire parking, given it is in zone 1 and very accessible, but juuust outside the congestion charging zone. One possibly relevant local development is that the site is directly opposite the potential new Nine Elms tube station, which has made the tricky transition from 'crazy pie in the sky' to 'more or less costed and possibly feasible transport project that might happen' over the last year.

Didn't realise the Riverside Quarter was under the same developer (the latter has actually worked quite well overall, in a low-key sort of way - all sold without apparent difficulty, as was its sister development on the Trinity Way).
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Old June 1st, 2011, 05:49 PM   #83
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Maybe for over 5 years then the economy will be recoverd. Its still very instabel.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 03:38 PM   #84
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Bump!

Nothing's happened for months here - but this morning, a ground investigation crew were on site with a smll drilling rig. It may of course be nothing - but this was the first sign that something was actually happening at neighbouring St George Wharf tower.

Here's a photo (which doesn't show a great deal to be honest - but this was busily doing something...) -


The giant buddleia in the background gives a feel for just how long this site has been mothballed.

I see this site all the time so will report back if anything more exciting happens...
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Old January 30th, 2013, 11:40 PM   #85
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Any more updates on this?
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Old February 1st, 2013, 01:21 PM   #86
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Hmm!

This was back in June:
http://business.highbeam.com/410162/...-limit-caddick

"Yorkshire-based Caddick Development is in talks with Frasers Property to buy a prirr development site in Vauxhall for around [pounds sterling] 20m, in what would be the developer's first foray into central London.

Caddick Development plans to purchase Vauxhall Sky Gardens, near Battersea, in a joint venture with C Group the new business venture set up by City Lofts Group founder Ross Mansoori-Dara.

The site already has planning permission for Vauxhall Sky Gardens, a 34-storey, mixed-use tower that will comprise 200 flats, 82,000 sq ft of offices and just more than 2,200 sq ft of retail.

The joint venture partners want to retain the planning approval …"

Edit: The sale did not occur. The project is still with Frazer Developments and the project is still on hold.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 06:50 PM   #87
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The pavements around the site are now covered with paint marks identifying the services and pipes underneath. Still no sign of life on the site itself, but - bearing in mind that there was some soil sampling going on a few months back - someone does seem to be doing some quiet groundwork here.
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Old July 11th, 2013, 11:45 PM   #88
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Bump (again!)

More activity on site: a fairly large drill is at work now - I presume doing deep soil samples, and far more heavy duty than the orange tripod from a few months back. I haven't seen a great deal of media reporting about this site, but someone is clearly planning something here...

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Old July 12th, 2013, 01:40 AM   #89
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Sky Gardens looks like it could be a go. Good news
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Old July 12th, 2013, 12:35 PM   #90
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They put in a planning permission request that is still pending to reduce affordable housing from like 31% to 0% (link). Not certain if they'd need to wait until they had a decision before they started building (don't think it changed the design of exterior at all). With prices apartments are going for these days they'd probably make a profit even if the entire block was 'affordable' (which means 80% of market value).
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Old July 29th, 2013, 05:44 PM   #91
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Old August 30th, 2013, 11:33 AM   #92
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Sky Gardens

Lift off...aparently they already starting to sell the development off plan in asia. I cam across this website www.skygardensnineelms.com.

The tower has changed since the last time I saw it.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 12:16 PM   #93
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The tower has changed since the last time I saw it.
Don't tell me - the gardens have been replaced by an upmarket bistro,
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Old August 30th, 2013, 01:23 PM   #94
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There didn't seem to be any activity on the site earlier this week.

Seems strange they've started selling when they have a pending application to reduce affordable housing to 0% - you'd think that selling apartments would undermine their argument that the project isn't viable with any affordable units.
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There didn't seem to be any activity on the site earlier this week.

Seems strange they've started selling when they have a pending application to reduce affordable housing to 0% - you'd think that selling apartments would undermine their argument that the project isn't viable with any affordable units.
It's a new tactic with the local authority, they have redefined "affordable" to anything over £5m for a one bed apartment.
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Old September 1st, 2013, 07:38 PM   #96
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Passed through on the train, seems like a lot is happening here.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 03:43 PM   #97
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Went past by bike 30 minutes ago, there was a single digger operating on the site - I expect it was levelling the ground or removing debris. I think there's still a warehouse type building that needs to be demolished on the site - although it could be a neighbouring site.
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Old September 4th, 2013, 02:17 AM   #98
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The affordable housing issue has been resolved at a planning committee meeting:

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VAUXHALL SKY GARDENS SKIMPS ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Full story: http://hovelled.com/works-starts-on-...l-sky-gardens/
Lambeth’s Planning Committee on Tuesday night approved Vauxhall Sky Gardens’ latest attempt to change their development as work begins on site. Vauxhall Sky Gardens, a 120m high rise residential building located opposite the Vauxhall Sainsbury’s and near to Keybridge House, caused controversy locally when they submitted an application to remove all affordable homes earlier this year.

The committee voted on proposals to reduce the number of ‘affordable’ homes from 59 to 41. The developers originally submitted plans to completely remove the affordable housing element of their scheme after they failed to secure grant funding. After negotiations with Lambeth’s planning department they agreed to keep the initially planned 35 social rent units in a separate on-site building and provide 6 intermediate rent units in the lower floors of the tower. The initial agreement prior to the attempted change had the same number of socially rented units, but 24 shared ownership flats instead of the 6 intermediate rent homes. At the Planning Committee both the Labour and Conservative councillors voted for the plans, with the Lib Dems opposing them. A review is to take place in a year which could increase the number of intermediate rent units if market conditions improve.

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There don't appear to be any renders of the revised cladding in this thread.

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There don't appear to be any renders of the revised cladding in this thread.

So nice and refreshing to see a development in London with random cladding and narrow vertical windows for a change
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