Almacantar wins approval for Marble Arch tower overhaul

Kasmira Jefford
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The office building will feature a large scale sculpture by British artist Lee Simmons
Almacantar was given the go-ahead yesterday by Westminster Council for revised plans by architect Rafael Vinoly to redevelop Marble Arch tower in the West End.

The £450m scheme will see Almacantar demolish the 1960s tower and replace it with an office building and a residential tower.

The developer has revised its original plans by putting a level of office space in the residential and adding a extra floor of housing to the top of the tower.

The taller, 18-storey tower will have 49 luxury flats, shops as well as a revamped Odeon cinema on the ground floor. A second seven-storey tower will have 123,000 square feet of offices.

Almacantar said the affordable part of the scheme would be provided in a separate building at 466-490 Edgware Road, where 47 of the 76 homes would be affordable.

The development will also include a disused petrol station restored on the site, which Alma­cantar claims is the first new petrol station in London for over 10 years.

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