CLS secures Nine Elms amendment

CLS Holdings has been granted consent for an amendment to the existing planning permission on their mixed-use development scheme at Vauxhall Square, in Nine Elms.

The amendment to the plans, for a site just outside Wandsworth, in Lambeth, adds over 100,000 sq ft of office accommodation in place of a hotel.

The principal change replaces a four-star hotel with 108,586 sq ft (10,088 sqm) of grade A offices, increasing the office element in the scheme to over 350,000 sq ft, or 30%, in an area that CLS says is undersupplied with office space, and within one-third of a mile of the new US and Dutch embassies currently under construction.

The amended 1.6 million sq ft (151,700 sqm) scheme will comprise 454 apartments in two 50 storey towers and 124 affordable apartments, 353,300 sq ft (32,820 sqm) of offices, a 186 suite hotel, 39,800 sq ft (3,697 sqm) of retail, a multi-screen cinema and a hostel. The scheme also includes a 454 bedroom student block, the land for which was sold to Urbanest, the specialist student accommodation developer and operator, in December.

Sten Mortstedt, Executive Chairman of CLS Holdings plc, commented: “We are delighted to have increased the element of offices in our Vauxhall Square scheme, which plays to our strengths as office specialists. They will bring much needed commercial space and jobs to an undersupplied area at a time of high occupational demand and rising office rents.”

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