Marco Polo House, Nine Elms recieves Planning Approval


Scott Brownrigg’s design for the £500m Marco Polo House in Nine Elms, Battersea has been granted Planning Permission by Wandsworth Council. The scheme has been widely praised for its design quality, and is highly regarded by CABE.

Nick Cuff, Chair of the Planning Committee said'The scheme will create hundreds of new homes and provide almost £12m towards improving local services and infrastructure'.

As part of a Section 106 legal agreement the developer will pay more than £9m towards local infrastructure upgrades including two new Northern Line stations and an expansion of the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme. Other contributions secured by the council include £252,000 towards the Nine Elms Local Employment initiative, £2.5m for affordable housing programmes in other parts of the regeneration area and £92,500 towards improvements to Battersea Park.

Marcus Cooper’s plans for the 3.14 acre/1.3 hectare former QVC Headquarters site incorporates  two new buildings of 17-storeys and 15-storeys providing 456 homes, ranging from one to three bedrooms, 68 of which will be affordable, over 13,000 sq ft of shops, offices and cafes and 213 car parking spaces.

Situated directly opposite the Grade II Listed Battersea Park, the buildings are arranged on the site to open the development to the park, whilst protecting two large green communal courtyards from the railway. A public pedestrian route through the site links it to its’ surroundings.

Designed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, the scheme meets the Mayor’s London Housing Design Guidance.