Planning Permission for Mixed-use Scheme in Westminster / Space Group Architects

Space Group Architects have been granted Planning Permission for a mixed-use development on Vauxhall Bridge Road, near Victoria Station in London. The site butts up against a sensible conservation area in Westminster and despite an increase of more than 60% in net-lettable floor space and a contemporary approach the proposal gained permission without going through appeal. The new building will provide retail space over two floors, with offices above and an apartment at the top.

The concept is based on the chaotic patchwork of the adjacent existing buildings. – Subtle steps and recesses create a controlled chaos whilst all proportions are based on the golden section. The new building will provide a smooth transition between the low level Victorian neighbours on one side and the tall office block on the other with all site lines and rights of light considered. The building will be clad in two types of charismatic textured basalt lava stone which is a contemporary reference to the grey weathered bricks in its context. The grey, solid thermal mass is juxtaposed with large glazed areas and lush green planting.

The building is highly insulated and has green amenity terraces throughout. It is also naturally ventilated thanks to large modernized sash windows which allow for good cross ventilation. In order to enhance the sustainable properties on the one hand and to emphasize the patchwork approach on the other some of the glass panes have an insulating semi-translucent extruded polycarbonate honeycomb material within their cavity. Paradoxically they allow for the natural light to get into the building whilst maintaining the solid character.

Structural engineer: TALL
M&E engineer: Pearce & Associates
Quantity surveyor: Measur
CDM Consultant: Appleyard & Trew LLP

Scheduled completion: Autumn 2011

Image above: CGI of rear elevation

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