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Garden Museum tries to block proposed Lambeth skyscrapers

Published: May 5, 2020 at 12:51 pm

The Garden Museum's fight against skyscrapers proposed on the site of Lambeth Village continues after a 'hold' notice was put on decision to proceed

A proposed £500 million redevelopment of The Fire Brigade headquarters in Lambeth has been delayed after Robert Jenrick, secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, has put a 'hold' notice on the council's decision to award planning consent.

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The proposal is to create luxury flats on the site of 8 Albert Embankment and to demolish its 1930s Art Deco workshop.

A case for a Public Inquiry is being put together, which will mean an independent investigation by a planning inspector will take place.

In 2013 a scheme to build on the landmark was rejected after an inspector supported residents against the development. The new proposal is for buildings that are 26 and 24 storeys high and includes 443 flats, a 200-room hotel and a new London Fire Brigade museum.


The deadline to express support for a Public Inquiry is Wednesday 6 May 2020. Write to


Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London


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