London’s tallest residential tower completes onsite (UK)

One of the most significant additions to London’s skyline, ‘The Tower, One St George Wharf’, has completed on the bank of the River Thames in Nine Elms.

Designed by architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, developed and constructed by St George South London and built by contractor Brookfield Multiplex, the 320,000 ft² (approx. 29,730 m²) building stands at just over 180 m – making it the tallest residential tower in London, providing 213 luxury apartments over 50 stories.

Broadway Malyan Director Peter Vaughan said: “London depends on big ideas to maintain its world status and continue to thrive. Standing still is not an option and while big ideas will always risk courting controversy, ultimately they are constructive and should be welcomed – out of debate comes consensus and progress.

“Broadway Malyan previously illustrated an early idea for a landmark tower at London Bridge – underpinned by an intellectual intent to kick start regeneration and add to London's aesthetic and commercial vibrancy. Without that initial idea, The Shard might not have been built and the regeneration of London Bridge Quarter may not have been realized.

“We believed that London Bridge was the right place in the capital’s landscape for a tower because of the social, environmental and infrastructure benefits that it would promote in an area which needed improved transport connections and diverse employment opportunities.

“It was an opportunity to create a landmark south of the river which would act as a visual and commercial counterpoint to the City of London on the north bank, bringing massive benefits to London as a whole.

“Similarly, our team had the idea for a landmark tower at Vauxhall and has now delivered The Tower. Again, it was visually the right place in London's landscape for a tower and it promised to act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding neighborhoods.

“The confidence generated by the success of The Tower has encouraged further investment into infrastructure and local transport, as well as the subsequent development of adjacent sites, which will collectively deliver benefits in wider social programs – affordable housing, education and healthcare provision.

“The role of planning policy should be to encourage and celebrate big ideas, while the role of the planning process should be to scrutinize the ideas, without prejudice, to determine their strengths and how they might best be delivered.

“London has one of the best and most robust planning systems in the world. By being open to great ideas and continuously testing them the system can help designers such as Broadway Malyan contribute to an even greater city.

“Broadway Malyan is hugely proud of its continuing role in promoting compelling ideas that have the potential to make a real and positive difference to London's future.”

Source: Broadway Maylan

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