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21 CASE STUDY


The hanging gardens of Battersea


Vauxhall Sky Gardens has been completed in the development hotbed of Nine Elms, west London, one of Europe’s largest regeneration schemes. The 36-storey tower features eco-friendly facades and ‘floating’ gardens.


Property have just finished their first London excursion. Vauxhall Sky Gardens is intended to


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become a landmark of the Nine Elms regeneration area, comprising 194 private apartments, two penthouses, as well as 35 affordable flats and six shared ownership homes. 2,000 square metres of outdoor space


is included in the development, with two Babylonian-style ‘hanging gardens’ open to all residents. Split over a 36 storey tower and an eight


storey block with an interconnecting podium, the property also includes seven floors of commercial office space, totalling over 4,000 square metres. All of the homes feature their own


private internal winter garden as well, with the layouts optimised to offer the best views of London. Thermal glass facades surround the


property, which reportedly enables the building to use around 50 per cent less energy. The panels turn passive glass facades into active transparent solar collectors, while at the same time controlling the energy flow through the building envelope. The project has been designed by


THERE’S SOMETHING PRETTY AMAZING ABOUT HAVING THIS MUCH GREENERY IN SUCH A DENSELY URBANISED PART OF LONDON


award-winning architects, Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher, with Yoo Design providing the interiors. Tim Tolcher, director at Carey Jones


Chapman Tolcher architects, enjoyed the opportunity to design a landmark building, “wrapping figments of wonder and modernity around a structure that will hopefully become a much-loved part of the London skyline.” He said that being able to include so much nature in the middle of a London


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aking inspiration from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Caddick Developments and Frasers


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