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.
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.
Two residential towers adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which has used an innovate construction technique has recently topped out.
A early evening stroll around the former 2012 Olympic Park, capturing a scheme which is using a innovate construction technique used by contractors Mace.
From the outset of bidding for right to host the olympic games in London in 2012, the athletes village in the north of the olympic park were always destined to be used for housing post games as part of the overall package of the olympic legacy. To date this houses in excess of 6,000 Londoners across 2,818 homes. All of which are managed by Get Living London a property management company, which preforms the role of landlord for it’s tenants.
The parts for the Rising Factory were shipped to Purfleet from Turkey, all of 20,000 of them.
The Pinned Climbing Jack System has many advantages over more established construction methods such as;
Eliminating risk by reducing the requirement for Working at Height
Using more prefabricated parts reduces; overall man hours, emissions and disruption to residents through not needing to assemble parts on site which also reduces wastage.
Deploying the Rising Factory mitigates visual impact, as the factory rises it exposes a completed section of the building.
The scheme currently under construction known as plot N08, is designed by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and developers Qatari Diar Delancey, who have gone into a joint venture to set up the management organisation behind East Village Get Living London.