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Vauxhall is part of the Mayor of London’s Vauxhall Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area. With over 20 development sites identified between Albert Embankment and Battersea Power station the skyline is now sea of cranes.
On the Albert Embankment ugly office buildings are being torn down and replaced with shiny new buildings designed by star architects. The Corniche (020 8246 4190), designed by Foster & Partners is a development of 242 studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom flats, including 85 affordable retirement flats, in a series of towers ranging from 13 to 27 storeys. Off plan sales start in the spring of next year; first occupiers move in in summer 2016 and the development finishes a year later.
Almost next door, the Merano Residences is a development of offices, 48 flats and a café designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour in three towers ranging from 14 to 28 storeys. The flats have already been sold off plan.
At the very heart of Vauxhall, St George Wharf has now added The Tower. Measuring 594 feet tall with 50 storeys, it is the tallest solely residential building in the UK. Nearing completion this controversial tower was years in planning but all the flats sold off plan.
On Nine Elms Lane, two large mixed use developments are currently under construction close to where the new American and Dutch embassies will be built. Embassy Gardens is a mixed use development of nearly 2,000 flats, a hotel, bars, restaurants and shops, including a new Waitrose from developer Ballymore. The new linear park runs through the scheme. The first phase, which is expected to be ready towards the end of 2015, is already sold out. The second phase launches next year when prices will be released.
Riverlight is another St James development; also designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour; the 806 (107 affordable) flats are arranged in six pavilions up to 17 storeys high. The scheme includes restaurants, cafes, bars, a crèche and a project space for the Royal College of Art; first residents move in in autumn 2014 and the whole development completes at the end of 2017; the next phase launches early next year and prices will start from £680,000.
This is an area where the planners have decreed that towers are acceptable: Vauxhall Cross will have two towers, one 40 storeys tall, designed by architect Michael Squires; Vauxhall Square on the Cap Gemini site will have a 50 storey tower designed by Allies & Morrison; One Nine Elms will be one of the tallest residential buildings in the UK with twin towers joined by a bridge at the 26th floor; a further three towers are planned for the 13-acre Sainsbury’s site on Wandsworth Road. Elsewhere the Covent Garden fruit and vegetable and flower markets are being developed with over 2,300 new homes and a new food and flower quarter open to the public.