U+I shows off Lambeth fire station plans

Reworking the landmark building at 8 Albert Embankment

U+I has been showing off its vision for the landmark Lambeth fire station site on Albert Embankment.

The 200,000 square foot Grade II listed building – the former London Fire Brigade HQ – sits on a prime 2.5 acre riverside plot, the future of which has been the subject of much speculation over the last few years. You may remember Native Land floated a plan to rework the site back in 2007 (the idea for a £230m 265-unit luxury scheme was eventually canned).

U+I has been working with the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority to come up with a new scheme, and an initial set of designs by Pilbrow & Partners were put out there last year.

Central to the project is a new ultra-modern base for Lambeth fire station and incorporation of the new London Fire Brigade Museum, along with whole new quarter involving the full suite of resi, office, retail and hotel.

The proposals involve three new public squares and two “slender” structures to the rear of the retained 1930s building; one tower will be close to the river at 20 storeys and one set further back at 18 storeys – the tallest is “significantly below planning guidelines” at 66.5 metres.

The resi element totals over 300 units; responding to initial comments from local residents, the developer said it intends to include “the maximum number” of affordable housing on the site, including “family-sized” mews style properties as well as one and two bed units.

The proposals will be on public display until tomorrow as part of the ongoing consultation process.

Illustrations: U+I/Pilbrow & Partners

8 Albert Embankment by Peter Jordan

Full details here