Reuben Brothers were granted permission by Westminster Council in April 2016, for a mixed use conversion scheme of the Millbank Tower complex. The site is particularly sensitive – directly located on the Embankment, surrounded by conservation areas and nearby heritage landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. It is also visible from the Parliament Square World Heritage Site.
The Grade II listed tower on the banks of the Thames is to be increased by 3 floors to 36 storeys, whilst its shorter neighbour is to get one additional floor taking it to 9 storeys.
The resulting development will comprise:
- 207 apartments, predominately one and two-bedrooms, some with private gardens
- Five-star hotel 150-bedroom hotel
- Various food and beverage outlets, including publically accessible sky bar on the 34th floor, as well as a new cafe on top of the podium on the third floor
- Gym and spa with swimming pool located over two basement levels
- Large new cultural centre at the southern end of the building, spread over three floors
The iconic tower near Tate Britain was completed in 1963 as London’s tallest building. It was one of the first buildings to rise above St Paul’s Cathedral in the capital. Millbank was the base for The Labour Party’s 1997 general election campaign “Operation Victory”, and then later became the headquarters of The Conservative Party. The building also previously provided offices to the United Nations and was even used a preferred location for the filming of the BBC’s iconic series Doctor Who.
John McAslan + Partners are the architects for the scheme which is is set to break ground in 2019 once the existing tenancies cease.