Royal Mail developed project, designed by Allies & Morrison, will create 1,870 homes

A masterplan drawn up by architect Allies & Morrison to redevelop a huge swathe of London’s Nine Elms regeneration area has won planning permission.

The ‘Nine Elms Parkside’ project, for client the Royal Mail, includes 1,870 homes alongside a new state primary school and a 3.3 acre public park and was approved by Wandsworth council last night (Monday).

The scheme, on a 13 acre site currently occupied by the South London Mail Centre but due to close shortly as part of a restructuring of the Royal Mail, will also provide new shops, businesses, postal services, cafés, restaurants, bars, and sports and leisure facilities.

Through a section 106 agreement, the developer will also pay around £50m towards infrastructure improvements, with the bulk of this intended for the planned extension of the Northern Line including two new tube stations.

Allies & Morrison’s designs consist of seven distinct plots with building ranging in height from 5 to 23 storeys.

Other firms involved include Aecom as engineer and Gleeds acting as cost consultant.

Nine Elms programme director Helen Fisher said: “More than 1,000 homes are now under construction in Nine Elms along with brand new offices, shops, a new riverside walk and acres of new park land.

“The scale of the transformation is truly remarkable and this latest planning approval adds further momentum to our regeneration programme.”

The Royal Mail site lies to the east of Ballymore’s 2,000-home Embassy Gardens development which last month achieved planning consent.

To the north is St James Homes’ Riverlight development which is now under construction and to the south is New Covent Garden Market where a planning application has been submitted for another major regeneration project designed by Foster & Partners.