Plans submitted for Vauxhall bus station demolition and redevelopment

Plans have been submitted for the demolition and redevelopment of Vauxhall bus station in south London, just 13 years after the existing building was completed.

An artist's visualisation of the finished scheme
An artist's visualisation of the finished scheme

The current Vauxhall bus station, designed by architects Arup Associates, was completed in 2004. It is a major transport interchange, connecting bus, tube and rail services.

Mayoral agency Transport for London has now submitted a planning application to the London Borough of Lambeth for the redevelopment of the site.

The full application seeks consent for the demolition of the existing bus station and redevelopment with a three-storey building at the northern end for bus-related uses, with part retail uses at ground floor level, and a single storey building at the southern end, also for bus-related use.

It also seeks consent for the installation of a "main bus station canopy; new and replacement bus shelters; alterations to existing vent shaft and lift shaft; installation of pissoir, temporary kiosk and associated works".

According to a design and access statement submitted with the application, the demolition is necessary as part of a TfL plan to remove the Vauxhall gyratory and return a two-way street design, alongside improvements to pedestrian and cycling facilities.

It says that the objective of the plan is to "create a coherent new bus station with an excellent customer environment, including more effective weather protection and better quality public facilities".

It also says that the scheme would "integrate a fragmented series of existing and new urban spaces to create a clear point of arrival and interchange, that is both characterful and functional".

Subject to gaining planning permission, the statement said that TfL anticipates that the proposed works will commence in 2020 with a duration of approximately 18 months.

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