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Land Sec File New Victoria Application

Land Securities has filed a planning application for the latest version of their proposals in and around London's Victoria Station.

Scaling the plans down from their previous grand ideas which involved several 100 metre plus towers and the demolition of the existing Portland House, the scheme will now see 138,000 square metres of space built and the tallest building only 90 metres in height down from 128 metres.

They have retained the services of Kohn Pederson Fox who did the lion's share of the work on the last plans with Benson & Forsyth also hanging around although Lynch Architects are newcomers to the project.

The scale of the redevelopment will be some 2.5 hectares of land with further planning applications due to be filed in the coming weeks taking in Selborne House, Victoria Street, Wellington House and Buckingham Gate.

Portland House will be left untouched, perhaps as karma for Westminster Council who opposed the previous application but wanted the sixties high-rise demolished anyway.

The plans also now do not include improvements to Terminus Place and the District/Circle Line station worth 200 million. This was going to be rebuilt as part of planning gain of the previous proposals but now been canned, although improvements to the Victoria Line station are not dependent on Land Securities contributions and will go ahead.

If everything goes to plan, then Land Securities hope they can start work on site as early as 2010.
Portland House, London
Portland House, London
The new plans
The new plans