The area around Vauxhall has the promise of being an emerging district of skyscrapers, something that two newly proposed towers at One Nine Elms look like adding to.
Replacing the Market Towers, an 88 metre tall office building completed in 1975, the new plans see a 200 metre tall 58-storey skyscraper called City Tower and a shorter tower to the west called River Tower of 160 metres and 47-storeys. This height makes it lofty enough to act as the pinnacle for a growing cluster of towers in Vauxhall.
450 apartments will fill the bulk of the towers, with affordable residential units located at the bottom part of the towers, and private residential apartments on the more valuable floors above. Boasting strong vertical lines on their facades, this not only adds a sense of soar, but also helps provide solar shading for the insides of the towers.
River Tower will also have a podium which will contain a 180-room four star hotel, whilst the other half of the podium will have 10,000 square metres of office space. This podium will have two setbacks that will allow the creation of a number of terraces.
Shoppers will be able to enjoy ground floor retail, along with a new landscaped public square between the two towers with al-fresco dining. It could also include a new market, and an outdoor performance space. In creating such a space, a new pedestrian route will be opened to Vauxhall Park that will be open 24/7.
Perhaps most impressively will be a two-floor connection between the towers about half way up the shorter. This will be for a new venue, the Nine Elms Club creating an impressive members only space suspended above the void.
The project is being developed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates for developers Green Property and the CIT Group, and still at the early stages of the public consultation process.
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