Plans for 24-storey YMCA Wimbledon skyscraper revealed

Plans for 24-storey Wimbledon skyscraper revealed

Plans have been drawn up to build Merton's biggest tower block in Wimbledon town centre

Architect Lord Richard Rogers

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A towering 24-storey building could be built in Wimbledon as part of plans to redevelop the YMCA.

The Wimbledon Guardian has seen documents proposing a variety of designs for the centre on the Broadway which includes a 24-storey building surrounded by smaller high rise blocks, as well as an option for a smaller 14-storey building.

Currently the building stands at seven storeys.

Should plans for the 24-storey skyscraper progress, it would dwarf any other building in Merton.

It would be seven storeys taller than the Brown and Root tower in Colliers Wood and 10 storeys taller than the Morden Civic centre.

Wimbledon’s YMCA has been working on its strategic plan to redevelop its building on the Broadway in Wimbledon since 2010 which includes a commitment to build a brand new YMCA building, 100 hostel units, provide better training facilities, a larger health facility, a public plaza with green space and a cafe.

YMCA is expected to announce the proposals for the site at the Future Wimbledon conference tomorrow which will be attended by renowned architect Lord Richard Rodgers whose firm, Rogers, Stirk Harbour and Partners, is designing the building.

The Italian-born architect's previous buildings include Heathrow’s terminal five, the Pompidou centre in Paris and the Millennium Dome.

A spokesperson for the YMCA said: "The architects and development partners are preparing a proposal for Wimbledon YMCA and are considering a number of design options based on viability.

"This is an enabling development which will secure the long term future of the YMCA in Wimbledon, and the services it provides for local residents and the wider community.

"A public exhibition will be held in October and we will be inviting local residents and businesses to view our proposals and give feedback."

 

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11:58am Wed 18 Sep 13

Randyrain says...

Obviously this is bonkers. It won't happen because the council won't get votes or extra council tax if there are no private flats.

But I suspect they are pulling the classic trick: you want to build a big building, so tell people you want to build a MASSIVE building. Then you look like you compromise when you press ahead with the plan you really wanted!

To be honest there's nothing really going on in that part of The Broadway so why not double the building? They provide a valuable service.
Obviously this is bonkers. It won't happen because the council won't get votes or extra council tax if there are no private flats. But I suspect they are pulling the classic trick: you want to build a big building, so tell people you want to build a MASSIVE building. Then you look like you compromise when you press ahead with the plan you really wanted! To be honest there's nothing really going on in that part of The Broadway so why not double the building? They provide a valuable service. Randyrain
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4:06pm Fri 20 Sep 13

Tobermory says...

This will get built despite being an eyesore on the edge of a conservation area because this 'charity' has their fingers in so many pies.
This will get built despite being an eyesore on the edge of a conservation area because this 'charity' has their fingers in so many pies. Tobermory
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