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Aykon London One, with interiors by Versace
Aykon London One, with interiors by Versace

Nine Elms Property Ltd, a subsidiary of Dubai developer Damac Internaional, has handed Lendlease the main construction contract for its £645m Aykon London One tower block, with interiors designed by Versace Home.

The 50-storey building, designed by architect Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, will provide 450 new homes at Nine Elms in south London.

Versace Home said that Aykon London One would be “the first private residence project in London with the interiors fully designed and conceptualized by a luxury fashion house, with Versace involved in all aspects of the interior design”.

Damac Group specialises in luxury projects and says it “strives to provide dream homes and unique living concepts to customers from all over the world”.

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Damac chairman Hussain Sajwani said: “Aykon London One is a landmark project and our first major international development outside of the Middle East. We have great confidence in the London marketplace and this project is already proving to be highly desirable to customers and investors from within the UK as well as other parts of the world. We are delighted to be working with a respected partner such as Lendlease.”

Neil Martin, managing director of construction for Lendlease Europe, said: “We are excited that Damac Group has chosen Lendlease to deliver its flagship project in the UK. Our strategy of taking a selective approach to bidding is paying off, and is allowing us to focus on prestigious projects such as this one.”

Aykon London One will also offer an allocation of affordable housing, together with office, retail and amenity accommodation across two-interlinking towers. The four-storey office space is above the affordable residential floors at the top of the south block. This forms a habitable sky bridge between the south building and north tower, which is topped by a roof garden at level 24. Further residential amenities include a children’s play area, an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, gymnasium, residents lounge, hospitality services as well as 922 m2 of communal gardens.

Completion is expected by the end of 2020.

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