The KPF and Tavernor-designed New Bondway project in Vauxhall has been granted planning approval by Lambeth Council. The project site stands within the Nine Elms development on London's South Bank and is currently occupied by a warehouse which will be demolished to make way for the New Bondway scheme. An application to have the warehouse listed was unsuccessful.
A spokesman for the developer McGrove Properties (a joint venture between McLaren Property and Citygrove) said: “We welcome Lambeth Council’s decision to resolve to grant consent for the New Bondway project. The project team has worked closely with officers and members of the council over the past year to deliver proposals as part of the aspirations for the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area. We look forward to progressing the scheme.”
New Bondway will comprise a series of interlocking volumes of mixed use, including 450 residential units (20% affordable), 5,171 sq m of commercial office space located in a bridge between two towers, 675 sq m of ground floor retail, various balconies and terraces, sporting and health-related amenities such as a swimming pool and gym, and 1,662 sq m of new public realm. The 50-storey north building will rise to 169.75m and the 23-storey south building will be 82m high.
In 2009, Make Architects submitted a project for the same site entitled The Octave. The 149m-high structure was devised of eight angular forms stepping down towards the north and south, however the tower was not granted planning consent.
McGrove Properties has stated that the New Bondway scheme addresses the issues that prevented The Octave from going ahead. One of the problems faced by The Octave was a lack of open spaces and links to the public realm whereas plans New Broadway include 1,662 sq m of new public realm.