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Pellis Selborne House Development Plans

Following on from their plans to overhaul Victoria, Land Securities has filed a planning application to redevelop Selborne House.

The existing structure lines is one of the long monolithic office buildings that lines Victoria Street creating an oppressive walled effect.

Sitting between Westminster City Hall and 64 Buckingham Gate, it's a prime development site with new projects such as Asticus@SW1 only a short distance away.

Land Securities proposals have been drawn up by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects that see the existing 10 storey, 37 metre tall building demolished and replaced with a new largely office block 13 floors high. As one would expect for a potentially prestigious development, it will have 37,951 square metres of grade A office space within.

Promisingly, the frontage of the building along Victoria Street will have 1,646 square metres of retail space opening it up at ground level in a way that the current building totally lacks with substantial improvements made to the public realm. There will even be a green wall adding a much needed natural breathing space to the area whilst a new canopied area will be created between the site and Westminster City Hall.

Gone will be the wall effect of the present building that fails to relate at all to its surroundings. Pelli Clarke Pelli have dreamed up a glass clad design that features a series of folds allowing it to adapt better to the site requirements and to create a more pleasing building to look at.

Of particular importance is the tapering corner of the building on the north eastern side relating to the office towers to its east that opens up the street to the sky and prevents Buckingham Gate from being heavily overshadowed. The reflective glazing should further add to this giving a lighter touch to the building than the existing concrete covered levithan.

The proposals are bound to be welcomed by many as Victoria is blighted by a series of similar office buildings from this era including the nearby Kingsgate House and the lower-rise portion of New Scotland Yard, both of which have contributed to Victoria Street being one of the most visually nasty places in London to walk along.

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Selborne House Redevelopment

Selborne House Redevelopment
Selborne House

Selborne House
64 Buckingham Gate

64 Buckingham Gate
The planned redevelopment
The planned redevelopment
The existing Selborne House, London
The existing Selborne House, London