A proposal of an height extension of three floors that will play host to a bar and restaurant, have been submitted to Lambeth Council by Southbank Centre and Incipio Group the company behind the chain of pop-up eateries Pergola, with the architect being Birmingham based practise Tibbatts Abel.
The Royal Festival Hall, one of the few remnants of the 1951 Festival of Britain designed by Robert Matthew and Leslie Martin for the then London County Council, was given immunity from listing earlier this year by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).
If built it would operate as Pergola on the River and would serve a range of food and drink, from a range of up and coming independent vendors and would set 220 patrons in a canteen like setting. Currently the Royal Festival Hall has six floors, this will see it increased to nine with extensions made to the singing lift.
A pair of bronze clad towers are set for Stratford.
As part of the configuration of the mixed use The International Quarter which has seen a pavilion taking cues from Hudson Yard’s The Vessel, an additional pedestrian crossing across the North London Line and now residential in plots S1 and S11 which was originally destined for commercial use. Instead two residential towers at the western end of the scheme two residential towers by AECOM are envisaged.
These towers if built would stand at 37 and 31 floors and would contain around 500 residential units and available various affordability tenures. In addition it also see the creation of four new public spaces.
The scheme takes design cues from stratford’s industrial past and the copper used on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park amenities such as the Copper Box and Energy Centre. The tower will have two bronze effect façade types. Type A will have a fully glazed view walls and framed in bronze-finish metal and enhance the buildings elegance. Whereas type B is folded to create articulation, the surface will reflect light establishing a distinctive character for the buildings.
Base of the Towers
The podiums will wrap around the base of the tower to provide a range of amenities to the public such as a creche and amenity terraces.
Scheme will include space for a health or fitness centre in S1. Whereas S11 will have around 300sqm or equivalent to 100 spaces for a Crèche which overlooks onto the pocket parks.
The scheme will bring refinements for four new public spaces. First up is Northern Gateway, situated at the far western edge of The International Quarter those arriving into the development from Hackney will ascend a gentle hill to reach S1 and S11 and provides a visual connection to into the heart of the site and with the surrounding area.
Next Drewry Hill, is the space between S1 and S11 that leads from Northern Gateway, the residential lobbies will enter onto this street and will be tree-lined and planting buffer for pedestrains.
Leading on from this we have Drewry Hill. This will be situated between S11 and a commercial building S10. This will be overlooked by the amenity terrace and Creche in plot S11 and forms a link to the Railway Walk and it’s Pocket Park. The facade along the railway walk will have climbing plants to bring additional greenery.
Finally we have Drewry Square, this is the most informal space of them all, It will bring together the wellness space in S1 with a proposed supermarket opposite in building S2 (subject to planning permission at a later date).
Plot S1 will stand at 37 storeys and will contain 278 homes the majority being bed units at 47.5%, followed by 1 bed at 41%.
Meanwhile Plot S2 will stand slightly shorter at 31 storeys and will contain 219 homes, the majority being 2 bed’s at 52% followed by 1 bed at 36.5% and triple the amount of 3 bed’s.
This amendment should go in for planning in the autumn, construction should commence in 2019 with completion in 2021/22, with The International Quarter London coming to a close in 2025.
August has seen two public consultations for two separate high rise schemes, within an locale which is fast becoming an cluster for tall buildings.
4 Portal Way
First off is the proposed redevelopment of the Holiday Inn, which fronts on the A40 Western Avenue and the southern edge of the forthcoming North Acton cluster.
The initial scheme by developers Aldau Developments and designed by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, will see a mixed use development comprising of two towers including a replacement hotel with two connecting footbridges and draws inspiration from their scheme in Vauxhall nicknamed Jenga Tower for its stacked massing.
Scheme will also go someway towards the establishing of a cohearant public walkway from North Acton to Acton Main Line, which will be served by the Elizabeth Line from May 2019. The first public consultation was in July with a planning application due to be submitted in Late Autumn.
The Castle Pub
The second and more hotly contested scheme is the initial plan to demolish the Castle Pub on the corner of Victoria and Wales Farm Road. The student residential of somewhere between 27-36 floors for 534 accommodation units, drawn up by architects Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher who is behind the nearby Carbuncle nominated Victoria House for Imperial College London students.
The pub will not be replicated in the future scheme and instead will be downsized to a 53sqm Cafe/Bar Unit. As a matter of course this has caused some controversy with some demanding it be made immune from demolition by listing it as a local community asset, however this has been dismantled by planning consultants Lichfields in accordance with Guidance set out by Historic England, as seen below.