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New Bondway Tower Plans Proposed

Giving Stratford a run for its money in the emerging skyscraper cluster stakes is the Nine Elms area in Vauxhall which has seen yet another planning application filed for a tall building, this time New Bondway.

The project site is that which saw the previous Vauxhall Bondway Tower designed by Make for 69-71 Bondway. That proposal was to be 149.5 metres in height but ultimately refused planning permission by government minister, Eric Pickles.

This time around the proposed tower is even taller consisting of a part-24, part-50 storey building that is dominated by residential use and reaches the peak of 169.75 metres above ground or 174.25 metres above ordinance datum. Unfortunately, this puts it only very marginally above the height of the nearby Vauxhall Square towers which will be 168 metres tall each.

The scheme will contain 450 new residential units, plus 109 car parking spaces in the basement which will include car stacking technology. Of the 450 apartments, 52 will be aimed at the rented affordable market and there will be 38 intermediate market apartments.

As well as each apartment having it's own outer door amenity space in the form of a small winter garden there will be a series of sky gardens, the taller ones on floors 22 and 23 for the market apartment occupiers only. Attached to this will be residential amenity space that includes a lounge, kindergarten, cinema, meeting room and a bar. Residents only bars have however had problems in staying private as evidenced by the Attic at Pan Peninsula which is now open to the public.

Perhaps in an attempt to break away from the more regularly massed nearby towers the composition of New Bondway has a tower element on the northern part of the site and a lower rise building on the southern part that connects to it both on its top, and from the podium it stands on. Elements project out on the upper levels, most noticeably from views like Westminster Bridge.

The top of the lower 24-storey element is particularly distinct in appearance showing clearly it has a different use to what it stands above being given over to office space. Unusually, the six storey office atrium will sit in the middle of the tower creating a center-piece to one of the most uniquely sited office spaces in London whilst drawing on the architect's previous work at Heron Tower.

New Bondway has been designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox for McGrove Properties and Vauxhall Bondway Limited.

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