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Not really, there's the former spy building that's now apartments which is probably taller than this. Waterloo isn't far away either with bulky and quite tall buildings.


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Full article:skyscraper news:

One part of London that has seen a surprising lack of development is Kennington Road. Despite its proximity to Waterloo, the bulk of the area remains largely unchanged since the 80s and is dominated by post-war council estates. The notable except to this rule is Century House, the former SIS building, which was renovated in 2003 into a block of luxury flats called The Perspective.

All this could be about to change if proposals by Cranbourne Enterprises for a new 22-storey tower at 54 Kennington Road that if built will have a height of approximately 70 metres.
 

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It's effectively an taller version of Turnmill on Clerkenwell Road , but with someone bronze paneling bolted on. If they can pull of the same quality as the aforementioned development by Piercy&Company , that's undoubtedly a good thing.
 

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The design is decent, but the building is too close to the road. The current hotel is set back quite a bit and the Kennington Rd/Lambeth Rd junction has a nice and rare feeling of space. This building will encroach on that.

This is something i'm noticing more and more with many new buildings. London is far too cramped as it is in places and yet we're making it worse with looming blocks being built right up to the road and, in some cases, reducing pavement space. We should be forcing developers to widen street space wherever realistically possible (I;m not arguing it's needed in this case).
 

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It's also worth noting that the GLA supported this proposal's scale:

"The form and massing strategy is supported and implements an appropriate scale to address this prominent corner site, whilst stepping away from adjacent properties on Lambeth Road. The inset entrance area is a successful feature which provides a legible entrance to the hotel while also breaking up the massing."

"The design is broadly welcomed, and the proposed architecture is of a high quality. The proposed height and massing is considered compatible with the location, but by virtue of the increase in height, the proposals is considered to harm the setting of heritage assets including the Imperial War Museum and Lambeth Palace, albeit this is considered to be less than substantial and outweighed by the public benefits of the scheme including, but not limited to, the creation of new employment opportunities, enhanced visitor accommodation and the inclusion of community floorspace."
 
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