Keybridge House (80 South Lambeth Road) plan brings homes (just, at 80% of the local market rate), jobs (for two or three years) and a site for a new school (which appears to be on the sixth floor and has no play area/green space) – according to One Nine Elms

‘Lambeth Council has given the go ahead for the redevelopment of the  Keybridge House site in Vauxhall that will bring over 100 jobs, 419 new homes and space secured for a new two-form entry primary school to meet additional demand generated by the area’s predicted population growth. The building, formerly a purpose built telecommunications centre operated by BT will be demolished. Five new blocks rising from four to 36-storeys in height will be a mix of residential, retail and office space. Two of the blocks will be 73m  and 128m high respectively. The scheme will see substantial public realm improvements along Wyvil Road and Miles Street. Councillors agreed that in order to secure the land for the new school, they would accept a reduced affordable housing offer subject to a thorough viability assessment. Nineteen  affordable family size homes will be provided, all with outside amenity space. Cllr Lib Peck, Co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership and Leader of Lambeth Council, said: “This scheme obviously falls short of the affordable housing we would normally accept but in exchange the council has secured the site for a primary school. Robust and independent viability assessments show that this is actually a good deal for local people, and allows us to plan sensibly for future pressure on school places. “The affordable homes that are included will be of a very high standard and are big enough for families, which is what we need most in the borough.”    ‘

As we said in a previous post, almost anything would be better than the eyesore currently blighting our landscape. I guess you could just about call the proposed design ‘almost anything.’ And it will probably cut off yet more sunlight from Vauxhall Park. Not to worry, it’ll be a great money spinner for BT’s property arm. And we all want that, don’t we? Hobsons Choice really.

 

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