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19 Dec 2012

Vauxhall Square News

CLS Holdings plc is pleased to announce that planning approval has been granted on its 143,000 sq m mixed-use scheme at Vauxhall Square, London SW8

Vauxhall Square (coloured blue), Battersea Power Station beyond, and St George Wharf to right (circular tower):
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Planning Application approved for Vauxhall Square mixed-use scheme, Vauxhall, London

19 Dec 2012 – CLS Holdings plc is pleased to announce that planning approval has been granted on its 143,000 sq m mixed-use scheme at Vauxhall Square, London SW8.

Highlights of the scheme include:

– 520 new homes, consisting of 410 private homes in two 50 storey towers and a further 110 affordable homes
– 22,732 sq m of offices
– 3,119 sq m of retail space
– a 278 bedroom hotel and a 123 suite hotel, a 50 bedroom new hostel for the homeless and 359 student rooms
– a 3,777 sq m multi-screen cinema and associated community facilities
– a substantial new public square and public realm improvements

The site is at the heart of the Vauxhall Nine Elms opportunity area, between the Vauxhall transport interchange and the new US Embassy.

Construction of the scheme is expected to begin in 2015 and the Group will now progress discussions on phasing, design, pre-letting and funding options. The cost of the scheme is expected to be in excess of £500 million.

Chief Executive Officer of CLS, Richard Tice, commented:
“We are delighted to have secured this major planning approval in the main Central London regeneration area, which is undergoing rapid transformation and attracting the attention of investors worldwide. The project is expected to create over 5,000 construction jobs, 2,000 permanent jobs, and deliver more than £500 million of inward investment into the Vauxhall area.”

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14 Dec 2011

Vauxhall Square Development News

CLS Holdings plc submits 154,000 sqm (1.65 million sqft) mixed use development scheme, Vauxhall Square, London, to planners

CLS Holdings plc, a pan-European property company headquartered in Vauxhall, announces that yesterday it submitted a detailed planning application for a 154,000 sq m (1,657,650 sq ft) mixed-use development scheme in Vauxhall, London SW8, following a series of stakeholder consultations.

Vauxhall Square (coloured blue) with Battersea Power Station in the distance, and St George Wharf to right (circular tower):
Vauxhall Square Development
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The proposed Vauxhall Square redevelopment is located close to Vauxhall’s transport interchange and comprises: two residential towers of approximately 50 stories containing 510 homes and 15,231 sq m (163,945 sq ft) of office space; 3,500 sq m (37,660 sq ft) of retail, restaurant and café space; 416 student units; a 438 bed hotel; a 4 screen cinema; 94 affordable housing units; a new homeless hostel; a major new public square (of similar size to Paternoster Square in the City of London); and public realm improvements.

Vauxhall Square is at the heart of the Vauxhall Nine Elms regeneration area between the Vauxhall transport links and the proposed new US Embassy.

Subject to receiving planning consent, CLS would aim to start on site in 2014, with phases being completed from 2017 onwards. The development cost of the proposed scheme is in excess of £400 million.

Richard Tice, Chief Executive Officer of CLS Holdings plc, commented:
“This substantial mixed-use scheme is a key element to the Vauxhall Nine Elms regeneration plans. It will create a new vibrant heart for Vauxhall and over 1,000 additional full-time jobs across a broad range of skills, both during and after construction. The investment of over £400 million will bring substantial benefits to a wide range of stakeholders and is not dependent on the Northern Line extension.”

Vauxhall Square Development information from CLS Holdings plc

Previously on e-architect:

Feb 2011

Vauxhall Square Development

CLS Holdings plc announces major Vauxhall redevelopment proposal

CLS reveal initial details of its proposals for the redevelopment of its 2.9 acre HQ site at Vauxhall Cross, adjacent to the Vauxhall train, Underground and bus stations, and close to the new US Embassy. CLS has been a major investor in Vauxhall for 20 years and the proposed mixed use scheme is for approximately 1.2 million sq ft gross area (111,483 sq m). The scheme has been designed by leading architects Allies and Morrison and is proposed to include:-

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• a major new public square (similar in size to Paternoster Square in Central London)
• over 200,000 sq ft (18,580 sq m) of offices
• a 300 bed hotel
• over 80,000 sq ft (7,432 sq m) of retail with restaurants and bars
• over 400 residential apartments in two towers of over 40 storeys
• a 6 screen cinema
• approximately 240 bed student housing

In addition to the proposed redevelopment of the island site bounded by Bondway, Miles Street, Wandsworth Road and Parry Street, CLS is proposing an innovative solution to the issue of pedestrian movement around the busy Vauxhall gyratory road system. The proposal, by incorporating a series of elegant contemporary aerial walkways to be known as “the Linear Walk”, will link the different sites and streets around Vauxhall Cross, opening up the area for its next phase of regeneration to coincide with the arrival of the US Embassy.

In order to facilitate the highest quality proposal for the site, CLS has launched an international design competition for the Linear Walk with a shortlist of specialist architects comprising Exploration Architecture (France), Heneghen Peng (Ireland), Knight Architects (UK), Marks Barfield (UK) and RFR (France).

An exhibition open to the public was held on 11th and 12th February on 19th floor of the adjacent Market Towers building which overlooks the site. More details of the scheme can be found at

CLS intends to submit a detailed planning application in late 2011 and vacant possession of the site is expected in 2014. Subject to receipt of an acceptable planning consent, the scheme is intended to be developed for completion in 2016/2017, which is similar to the anticipated delivery of the new embassy. The scheme is expected to have a development cost in the region of £250 million.

Richard Tice, Chief Executive Officer of CLS, said:
“These significant regeneration plans can provide Vauxhall with a new public square the size of Paternoster Square and establish the area as the next major London growth zone, just over a mile from the Houses of Parliament. We believe they can accelerate the redevelopment anticipated around the new US Embassy and provide an innovative solution to one of the major blights of the Vauxhall area, namely the congested and difficult to navigate gyratory system.

“We have already secured substantial support from early discussions with a number of key stakeholders and major nearby landowners. In addition, the US Embassy has confirmed that they encourage the creation of a pedestrian friendly environment that connects Vauxhall to their new building. As a long-standing local Vauxhall-based company and sponsor in the local community, CLS looks forward to discussing these exciting plans with all stakeholders.”

The Daily Telegraph report 850,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme in Vauxhall will act as a gateway to the regenerated Nine Elms area, which includes a proposed new US Embassy and the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.

The three-acre CLS site, currently holding offices, is set around one of the busiest traffic systems in South London and the company is proposing a new “skywalk”, similar to Paris’s Promenade Plantee, that will link the corners of the junction for pedestrians.

The proposed development is the latest in a line of ambitious London schemes to be unveiled in the past year as confidence in the capital’s prospects grow.

The scheme, called Vauxhall Square, will include a public square the size of Paternoster Square next to St Paul’s Cathedral. It will offer 200,000 sq ft of offices, 80,000 sq ft of retail and leisure, 240-bed student accommodation, a hotel and a six-screen cinema. The two towers will hold more than 400 apartments.

Richard Tice, chief executive of CLS, said: “We have already secured substantial support from early discussions with a number of key stakeholders and major nearby landowners.”

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