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Victoria Transport Interchange

Westminster, London

Land Securities

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Richard Coleman Citydesigner was commissioned by Land Securities to work on the Victoria Transport Interchange (VTI) project which commenced in 2003. The consultancy conducted extensive research and detailed analysis of the existing townscape and heritage environment in and around the site and was involved in the development of the masterplan. This work was undertaken in co-operation with the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, and other major landowners.

Baseline studies contributed to the Victoria Planning Brief, which was adopted by Westminster City Council in March 2006, and thereafter the consultancy provided ongoing advice on the design of individual buildings by initially four different architectural practices (KPF, Wilkinson Eyre, Patrick Lynch and Benson Forsyth) and carried out assessments of their effects on heritage assets. Subsequent changes to the site boundary caused the abandonment of the Wilkinson Eyre building. The work included assessing the ‘listability’ of various buildings proposed for demolition, and the visual impact of the scheme on the local and distant townscape, listed buildings including Buckingham Palace, the Royal Parks and various squares within the Belgravia conservation area.

Throughout the development process the consultancy participated in consultation meetings with the design team, the Greater London Authority (GLA), Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), English Heritage, Westminster City Council and Royal Parks. The consultancy was also involved in the preparation of a Heritage, Townscape and Visual Impact Assessment chapter as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the final scheme which was submitted in summer 2008. This was granted planning approval in 2009.

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