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Lynch Architects has submitted a planning application for a mixed-use development opposite Victoria Station in London.

The scheme, commissioned by Land Securities, is a radically revised version of a project the practice had secured approval for in 2009.

Both designs incorporate a mix of retail and office space, affordable housing and a public library. In the new version, however, the library has been relocated to the south end of the site, beside the Victoria Palace Theatre and the station.

The project also now incorporates the facade and lower floors of the 1930s Sutton House, following its listing, and accommodates the structural requirements imposed by changes to the works on Victoria Station, below the site.

The architect describes the library as a “modern palazzo”. Its primary, glazed facade is shaded by a travertine screen, which incorporates solar chimneys that will allow the reading rooms to be naturally ventilated.

The scheme forms part of PLP’s masterplan for the redevelopment of the land to the north of Victoria Station, which will also include buildings by PLP and Benson & Forsyth.

The project’s progress is tied to that of the underground works, which the developer is part-funding via a section 106 agreement. As a result, the Lynch project is expected to complete in 2018 at the earliest.

Earlier this year, Lynch submitted a planning application for another major Land Securities development on the nearby Kingsgate House site.

Fonte: BDonline
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