Land Securities has submitted an exciting new planning application to remodel and extensively refurbish Portland House, SW1 in Victoria. The proposals are to convert the existing office building which stands at 101 metres, into 206 residential apartments whilst creating additional retail at street level. A new canopy to Cardinal Place, SW1 and significant landscaping are also planned as part of an upgrade to the public realm. The scheme, which has been designed by internationally acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield, is also linked to the delivery of 63 affordable homes at nearby Castle Lane, for which planning consent has already been granted.
The plans were submitted following public consultation in which Land Securities met with a variety of community groups, local residents, councillors and businesses. This included a public exhibition to which 2,000 residents were invited.
Colette O’Shea, Head of Development for the London Portfolio said:
“The planning application we are bringing forward is an exciting opportunity to bring new life to a landmark building in the heart of Victoria, in tandem with the rest of our planned regeneration in the area. By completely remodelling the building, we will provide a residential building of exceptional design and quality which will include facilities for its residents. This is the latest and largest of our residential development projects, which will have a hugely beneficial impact on the whole of Victoria. We will improve the surrounding public areas and provide much needed affordable housing in nearby Castle Lane SW1.”