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Nova, Victoria

Their masterplan and designs for three new commercial buildings with retail space will regenerate the island site to the north of Victoria Station and will contribute to the transformation of one of the capital’s most important gateways, encouraging the 115 million people who use the station each year to engage with this part of the West End.

Their masterplan and designs for three new commercial buildings with retail space will regenerate the island site to the north of Victoria Station and will contribute to the transformation of one of the capital’s most important gateways, encouraging the 115 million people who use the station each year to engage with this part of the West End. The masterplan ensures cohesion across a series of buildings designed by three leading architectural practices.

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Formerly known as Victoria Circle and the successor to Victoria Transport Interchange 2, the masterplan granted approval in 2009 forms the largest single planning consent from Westminster City Council to date. The project creates a well-designed urban environment whose benefits will extend well beyond the station, enhancing the public realm and architectural quality of the area.

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The development contains a sustainable balance of uses, including offices, retail, apartments – both market and affordable, and a community space / library, along with extensive new public realm. Generously-scaled pedestrian routes and public spaces extend across the site; a north-south thoroughfare with retail pavilions, cafés, restaurants, public art, trees and seating will become a major public space to host special events, and an east-west route accentuated with a water rill and planting leads to a more intimate space enlivened by a water wall.

The project allows for the continuing construction of Transport for London’s proposals for the Victoria Station Upgrade, which will improve access to the Victoria Line.

Source www.plparchitecture.com

Seen this week

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.