Double approval in Nine Elms

nine elmsOne Nine Elms, and the New Covent Garden Market scheme – two major development projects in the Nine Elms regeneration area – have been granted approval by Wandsworth Council.

The One Nine Elms scheme would create two new mixed use tower blocks within the emerging Vauxhall tall building cluster and the New Covent Garden Market scheme would see the country’s biggest fresh produce market completely overhauled in a development covering 25 hectares.

Together they would provide up to 2,978 new homes, new public spaces and would contribute approximately £73m towards major infrastructure upgrades including the Northern Line Extension.

Last week Lambeth Council approved an application by Sainsbury’s for the redevelopment of their Nine Elms supermarket. This scheme would create another 737 new homes and allows for one of the area’s new tube stations to be located on the site.

Wandsworth Council’s planning chairman Cllr Nick Cuff said: “The modernisation of New Covent Garden Market is designed to safeguard the future of 2,500 jobs and comes with a contribution of around £63m towards the Northern Line Extension.

“One Nine Elms would see an outdated office block replaced with two glass towers and around half of the site would become a new public square lined with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.”

nine elms parkNew Covent Garden Market

The approved New Covent Garden Market scheme would see the 40 year old market facilities upgraded with the aim of safeguarding the future of its 200 independent businesses and 2,500 jobs.

It would provide up to 2,491 new homes, shops, cafes, bars, commercial space and a 200-bed hotel on land no longer needed for the market operation. The proceeds from this mixed use development would be used to pay for the modernisation of the main market site.

A contribution of around £63m towards improving local infrastructure has been secured as part of the scheme’s planning consent. The majority would be spent on a two station extension of the Northern Line.

New cycle routes, footpaths and public spaces will also be created including a section of the proposed Nine Elms ‘Linear Park’. This new green corridor will sweep right through the district from Battersea Power Station to Vauxhall, linking with the new US Embassy Plaza along the way.

nine elms garden retail marketA new retail market will also be created on the site alongside the modernised wholesale operation. Called ‘The Garden Heart’, this will be a major new attraction for Nine Elms with a focus on high quality fresh produce and space for around 100 new pitches.

The plans also include roof top sports pitches, a gym and community facilities including a doctor’s surgery. An energy centre would also be created on the site which would result in CO2 reductions of up to 57 per cent.

The Covent Garden Market Authority will also provide £240,000 towards the Nine Elms employment framework which is creating apprenticeship and job opportunities for people living in the local area.

Covering around 25 hectares, New Covent Garden Market is the largest development proposal in the Nine Elms regeneration area.

The application was submitted by the Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA) – Vinci St Modwin has been selected as the scheme’s preferred development partner.

market towersOne Nine Elms

The proposal is to redevelop a 1970’s tower block on the corner of Wandsworth Road and Nine Elms Lane.

The outdated building would be replaced with two new towers of 58 and 43 storeys. They would form part of the emerging tall building cluster at Vauxhall and would provide 487 new homes, office space and a hotel.

At ground floor level the buildings would be set around a new public square lined with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

New footpaths would run through the development, providing pedestrian links between the Vauxhall interchange, the Thames Path and the Nine Elms Linear Park.

Approximately 50 per cent of the site would be public realm and a free public viewing level will also be created at the top of the tallest tower.

A total of 51 homes will be made available through Intermediate Rent and the developer will make a further contribution of £6.8m towards providing more affordable housing in the local area.

A further contribution of more than £10m will be paid towards improving local infrastructure including two new Northern Line stations in Nine Elms. A Barclays Cycle Hire Docking Station will also be provided on the site.

The developer will also pay £300,000 towards the Nine Elms employment framework which is providing new job and training opportunities for local residents in Wandsworth and Lambeth.

Called ‘One Nine Elms’, the development is a joint venture by CIT and Green Properties. The architect is Kohn Pedersen Fox and the landscape architect is Martha Schwarz.

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