We are retained by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) to advise them in connection with plans to redevelop their historic former headquarters building at Albert Embankment, fronting the River Thames and opposite the Houses of Parliament. The Site is one of the most high profile development opportunities in London.
The total Site area includes listed buildings and is partly within a Conservation Area. Despite this, it has significant development potential within the London Central Activities Zone and Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea Opportunity Area.
In addition to potential for housing, business and retail development, the Site could accommodate a new fire station and museum.
In undertaking this work, we advised the LFEPA in their process to appoint a development partner to deliver the regeneration of the Site. The planning aspects and risk profile of the different bids were evaluated within a complex policy framework. This included local and London-wide policies relating to employment, tall buildings, sensitivity of protected views and heritage matters. We also made successful representations to the Lambeth Local Plan examination in relation to the Site allocations policy, helping to maintain sufficient flexibility to allow the most effective use of the Site to be made.
Proposals for the comprehensive redevelopment of the Site are progressing, with a planning application expected in due course.