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Westminster Refuse Arundel Great Court

Designs by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Horden Cherry Lee for a new 100,000 square metre development for Land Securities have been knocked by Westminster Council.

Arundel Great Court is a large development site which sits on the southern side of The Strand on a site between the famous road and Embankment.

It features a northern building designed by Wilkinson Eyre with 11 floors above ground and 54,253 square metres of space located in four rectangular interlocking blocks set around a central atrium.

One particularly noticeable architecture feature of the building is the complex geometry the roof has wrapping around the central atrium space although this is barely visible from ground-level as the building steps back. Despite this the council failed to approve of the complexity of the roof preferring a simpler approach.

The Horden Cherry Lee design is the south building and intended to serve as a mixture of hotel and residential space offering 151 apartments and 18 hotel rooms. With the light building frame expressing the basic structure and curving balconies, the building has a touch of a Benidorm apartment block about it.

It was also this southern part of the plans that the council had the most issues with in terms of the view points that it would adversely affect as the scheme would be most visible rising above Embankment and it getting particular criticism for its overall "bulk, height and design".

With this in mind, the main recommendation of Westminster Council is that four floors be lopped off the top of the southern building although this will require a full redesign and change the entire economics of the scheme in the process.

Perhaps the biggest problem however was simply that Land Securities decided to lump two very different buildings into one planning application preventing them from being judged on their own merits and meaning that even if one was acceptable, the other one could drag it down.

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