These are the first images of London’s newest skyscraper— and the astonishing bird’s-eye views of London from its public roof garden.
Nicknamed “Toblerone Towers” because of its triangular shape, it is 480ft at its highest point and will bring 50,000sqm of office space and more than 400 new homes to one of the capital’s largest regeneration zones, Elephant and Castle.
Designed by architects SOM, the scheme at the Skipton House site it will add to the fast-growing cluster of high buildings in the area.
It includes shops, restaurants, a 350-seat auditorium for live performances, and the 6,674 square metre roof garden and viewing terrace. However, there will be no affordable housing which could be earmarked for first-time buyers priced off London’s housing ladder.
Southwark council said that in “exceptional circumstances” it is acceptable for a developer to make a payment in lieu of low-cost housing on site which can be spent on providing homes elsewhere.
London & Regional Properties is offering £16.88 million. Its application is expected to be approved by Southwark’s planning committee on Tuesday, although Mayor Sadiq Khan will have the final say.
If the scheme goes ahead, a low-rise office block, a homeless hostel, and London South Bank University’s main library would be demolished, with the library relocated in the campus.
Simon Bevan, Southwark’s director of planning, said the project was of the “highest architectural standard” and would provide “exemplary” new homes.
The site is across the road from Elephant and Castle shopping centre, which is the centrepiece of a massive regeneration scheme of the area.
Other skyscrapers already built or being built in the area include the 486ft Strata tower — which has been voted the ugliest new construction in London — under-construction, 41-storey Two Fifty One, due to be finished early next year, and One The Elephant, a 37-storey building that was sold out off-plan in advance of completion this year, with prices as high as £2.5 million.
London & Regional Properties said in a statement: “Providing 3,500 jobs, this new employment-led development will fuel growth in Elephant & Castle, providing more office space than any other planned development within the local area.
“Over 400 new homes will also be provided; right in the heart of Elephant & Castle. The application includes the delivery of 20% affordable housing for a number of sites in close vicinity to the site.
“Our proposals will also present Elephant & Castle with its first free and publicly accessible roof garden and a new performing arts venue which will include community outreach programmes.”