15-storey scheme in Vauxhall will have just a dozen flats

Will Alsop’s practice All Design has submitted a planning application for a 15-storey tower to be built on the same south London street as Caruso St John’s new art gallery for Damien Hirst.

The scheme, which has already been nicknamed the Beacon and the Beehive, will run across 1,735sq m at a site on Newport Street in Vauxhall. Its shape is partly a result of its narrowed footprint at its base.

The tower will have just 12 flats, each with private terraces and views over London. Developer Newport Street Projects (NSP) said 11 of the flats occupy an entire floor plate and the top floor’s duplex plan boasts a roof terrace and two further private balconies.

Street level space includes permanent art installations and landscaping improvements which will see additional trees planted.

NSP principle partners Nina and Paul Boyd said: “Will Alsop’s artistic flair and portfolio of outstanding architectural achievements convinced us that All Design had the ability to deliver a visionary scheme that would accelerate the transformation of Newport Street and the surrounding area.”