Grimshaw gets the greenlight in Nine Elms

Nick Myall
Friday 18 Mar 2016

Grimshaw’s housing development above Nine Elms Station in London has been granted planning permission

Transport for London (TfL) in the UK has received resolution to grant consent for the Grimshaw designed Nine Elms Over Site Development (OSD), in a unanimous decision by the Lambeth Council Planning Committee, as stated in a TfL press release.

Four key buildings are contained in the design: three of which will be residential with a minimum of 25% affordable rental housing, built over Nine Elms Underground Station. The fourth building will comprise commercial office and retail spaces. The proposals deliver 332 residential units with 161 one bedroom, 155 two bedroom, 14 three bedroom and 2 four bedroom apartments, providing much needed homes for residents on a variety of income scales.

The TfL-commissioned project was designed in collaboration with Mott MacDonald engineering, with landscape design by John McAslan and Partners. The London Underground station, also designed by Grimshaw and Mott MacDonald, will be part of a separate planning application.

The proposals will create a characterful place both at the scale of the city and an individual apartment. The arrangement and massing of the buildings respond to the existing and emerging context and create a range of public spaces including a new 1,200 sq m public square.

All residential units have access to a shared landscaped amenity area on top of the station box, in addition to generous private balconies and terraces. High quality brick, glazed terracotta, and metal facades are used throughout, giving a coherence and consistency to the façade treatments while allowing subtle colour differences to be expressed between each building.

The development will help establish the Nine Elms Station area as a quality residential, office and transport hub and will contribute to the developing character of the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area.

Grimshaw Partner, Declan McCafferty said, “It’s great that Lambeth have given their support for what will be a fantastic new place to live and work in the borough. The scheme will form a benchmark for the delivery of high-quality, high-density residential development above transport infrastructure, in line with the aspirations of the London Plan.”


Nick Myall

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