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Lambeth Council Approves 'Sun Blocking Jenga Tower'

Wednesday 6th August 2014

A controversial new tower planned for construction in Vauxhall has been approved by Lambeth Council.


Photo: New Bondway

The new development was approved at a planning committee meeting Tuesday evening, despite objections from residents in the area who say they will lose up to 40% of direct sunlight in the autumn and winter times.

The oddly shaped building is 50 storeys high and looks to be poised to join London’s already unique and growing skyline. It features stacking block-like features which has prompted some to nickname it the “Jenga Tower”.

Property developers McLaren Property acquired the site and have teamed up with City Grove to redevelop it. Plans for a similar building were proposed last November but were rejected.

Previous consent was not given for the 170m tall building because of poor pedestrian links and an “overbearing visual mass.”

The “Jenga Tower” will be home to 450 flats, rentable retail units, roof gardens, a gym, and an indoor hall. In an online presentation of the building plans, developers aim to convince people of the benefits the tower will bring and say it will create jobs.

The site reads: “We believe our plans to create a new residential, office and retail development will contribute to the ongoing regeneration of Nine Elms on the South Bank and the emerging cluster at Vauxhall.”

Building planners aim to start construction on the site by 2015 with a projected completion date set for 2018.