• 6 January 2020

33 Vauxhall Bridge Road secures planning permission

Waterman are delighted that planning consent has been granted for the proposed conversion of The Crown Estate’s Rampayne Building at 33 Vauxhall Bridge Road, in the heart of Pimlico. The speculative office building, built in 1980-1983 and designed by William Whitfield of Whitfield Partners for the Crown Commissioners, was Grade II-listed in May 2018 and is currently vacant.

The proposals, which form part of the 2 Bessborough site, will sensitively convert the building to residential use, reflecting its location in a residential area  benefitting from excellent transport links, being situated directly above Pimlico tube station. The scheme will deliver 30 new 1, 2 and 3-bed homes which, through a partnership with a specialist housing provider, will contribute to Westminster’s increasing demand for local affordable housing. The remainder of the 2 Bessborough site will be fully refurbished and will remain commercial offices.

Led by architects Stiff+Trevillion, the scheme will preserve the building’s heritage by maximising retention of the existing building. Our building services, environmental and structures teams have provided a full multi-disciplinary design service to support the proposals through to planning.

With a focus on sustainability, our experts have fully redesigned the MEP strategy to feature air source heat pumps, smart building controls and low-energy lighting throughout. In combination with enhanced insulation and high-performance glazing, this will ensure the energy efficiency and sustainability credentials of the completed development.

Mark Terndrup, Director of Waterman Building Services said; “This exciting project presented some unique challenges as we worked to re-purpose the existing listed building. Achieving a conversion from commercial to residential use, which delivered appropriate living spaces required us to think carefully about the listed fabric of the building and appropriate design solutions. Using an innovative approach, we have now reduced the building’s carbon emissions and greatly improved its energy efficiency, helping to create highly sustainable new homes in this thriving area. We look forward to seeing the scheme progress to construction and beyond, through to completion.”

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