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Lambeth planners approve Downing's student tower

1 Oct 12 Work has been cleared to start on a new 32-storey student residence block in Vauxhall, south London.

The planned tower, as seen from Vauxhall Park
The planned tower, as seen from Vauxhall Park

The building, being developed by Downing at 30-60 South Lambeth Road, has been given planning permission by the London Borough of Lambeth. As well 553 student accommodation units, the tower will also include a 25m swimming pool and leisure facility, open to the public.  Extensive internal and external amenity space will also be provided, including roof and podium terraces.

The scheme has been designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, who designed Downing’s Broadcasting Place student accommodation scheme in Leeds, which won the Council of Tall Building’s 2010 Best Tall Building in the World award.

Downing development director Paul Houghton said: “The scheme represents a significant investment in the area, not only through the £4.5m swimming pool and leisure facility, but also through the in excess of £1.5m of contributions that will benefit the local area.  The proposals will redevelop a brownfield site and provide a major boost to local businesses through the increased spend that the students will deliver.”

Downing submitted the planning application in November 2011 following consultation on draft plans with the local community.  Following a public exhibition held in September 2011, the size of the swimming pool was increased from 20m to 25m in response to residents’ feedback. 

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