Lambeth Council approves U+I and London Fire Brigade’s plan to redevelop 8 Albert Embankment

WCN Editorial Team 5 Dec 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Lambeth Council’s Planning Applications Committee has given its approval for U and I (U+I) and the London Fire Brigade’s proposals for the redevelopment of 8 Albert Embankment.

Designed by architect Pilbrow & Partners, the 8 Albert Embankment project will be a new mixed-use building, offering benefits to the local community.

Spread across 2.6 acres of land, the redeveloped site will include a new fire station for Lambeth. This fire station will not only feature modern facilities for firefighters but will also act as the new permanent home for the London Fire Brigade Museum.

The total cost of the project is expected to be £450m and its redevelopment will include 443 new homes, of which 40% or 177 will be affordable.

It will also create 100,000ft² of workspace and new public spaces across the site. Besides housing the new fire station and museum, the site will be home to a rooftop restaurant and hotel.

U+I senior development manager Karen McCormick said: “This is a big step towards the transformation of 8 Albert Embankment, where new homes, workspaces and public spaces will regenerate a public site that has mostly lain vacant for ten years. The development will have a contemporary fire station at its heart as well as a permanent London Fire Brigade Museum.

“The museum will be an important educational centre and will provide a world class collection which tells the story of firefighting, from the Great Fire of London to the present day. The plans follow extensive consultation with the local community and stakeholders and demonstrate U+I’s commitment to delivering great places in order to create positive social and economic change.”

The 8 Albert Embankment overlooks the Thames and the Houses of Parliament. The redevelopment has been designed with contemporary fire station at its heart and is claimed to combine features of the existing building and its training yard within a modernised space.

The London Fire Brigade deputy commissioner Andy Roe said: “We are pleased that Lambeth Council’s planning application committee has given the go-ahead for these plans. These proposals will ensure we can continue to keep Lambeth residents safe long into the future with a refurbishment of Lambeth Fire Station, one of the busiest in London.

“Also included is a long-awaited permanent home for our museum to deliver its fire safety education work and wealth of exciting, educational family activities.”

London Fire Brigade had appointed U and I as the development partner for the project in 2016.


Image: U and I receives approval to redevelop 8 Albert Embankment. Photo: Courtesy of U and I Group PLC.

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