Ballymore submits proposals for 'Embassy Gardens' in Nine Elms
Ballymore has submitted a planning application for the comprehensive redevelopment of approximately 15 acres of land located around the new US Embassy in Nine Elms.
The site is located in the Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea Opportunity Area (VNEB) and represents a key site in this major transformation of over 200 acres of industrial and warehousing uses. Nine Elms, which has been designated as part of ‘Central London’ by the Mayor of London, will be home to the new US Embassy when it relocates from Grosvenor Square in 2016. Ballymore enabled this move by the selling of 5 acres of its land to the US Government in December 2009.
Sean Mulryan, Chairman & Managing Director of The Ballymore Group said "The location of Nine Elms and our development Embassy Gardens on the South banks of the Thames, looking across to Chelsea will be a prime "Central London location" and I have made sure that all of Ballymore's thirty years experience of creative design and attention to detail is embued in these plans." Ballymore has been working closely with the US Government and its own design team led by Terry Farrell and Partners to develop a Masterplan for a new Embassy Quarter which capitalises on this unique neighbour.
'Embassy Gardens' will deliver up to 2,000 new homes, potential for over 500,000 sq ft of office and flexible workspace, new leisure facilities, including a new Heath and Well Being Centre, a 100 bed hotel and 130,000 sq ft of retail, bar and restaurant space including a new grocery store and other uses to support the 1,800 people working and visiting the new Embassy every day.
Ballymore Group has been working in partnership with Wandsworth Council, the Mayor’s office and the adjoining landowners for 18 months to develop the Masterplan. This site is no exception to Ballymore’s commitment to design, 900,000 sq ft has been designed in detail by 3 architectural practices, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Fielden Clegg Bradley and FLACQ within a plan developed by the UK’s foremost Masterplanner, Sir Terry Farrell.
The Masterplan consists of 9 building plots, with individual buildings rising up to 23 storeys in height, capitalising on the sites riverside location and embassy setting, all arranged around a significant new park and garden space and formal Embassy plaza.
Ballymore have been keenly promoting and actively participating in evolving the overall strategy for the Opportunity Area since they first acquired land in 2007 and sit on the newly formed ‘Strategy Board’ chaired by Boris’s new Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning, and former Leader of Wandsworth Council Edward Lister.
Ballymore anticipate receiving planning permission in the Autumn and will be marketing the scheme in early 2012.