April 4, 2013
The Dutch Embassy in London is to move from its current location at Hyde Park Gate to a 50,000 sq ft site as part of the Embassy Gardens development on the South Bank of the Thames. The Embassy, which will move in 2017, will sit adjacent to the new US Embassy, already under construction and due for completion during the same year. Embassy Gardens is part of the Nine Elms development on the South Bank and is masterplanned by architect Sir Terry Farrell to encompass a kilometre-long Linear Park – starting in Vauxhall and moving through Embassy Gardens on the way to Battersea Power Station.
The Nine Elms regeneration area is the largest regeneration project in Central London, and a key element in the Mayor’s London Plan with 16,000 new homes planned, an employment capacity exceeding 25,000 and the highest forecast property value growth in London (140 per cent by 2016. Source: Knight Frank Hotspots).
The Nine Elms project has had enthusiastic support from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who describes it as “a catalyst for economic growth and regeneration on that side of the river “
John Mulryan, UK Managing Director of developers, the Ballymore Group said: “I am delighted that the Dutch Embassy has chosen Embassy Gardens as its new home in London. Embassy Gardens has been recognised by both UK and international audiences as an exceptional one-off landmark development which will be at the heart of a new and exciting destination for central London”
Helen Fisher, Programme Director of Nine Elms on the South Bank adds: “The relocation of the Dutch Embassy to Nine Elms, the growing interest from international audiences and the pace and quality of development and regeneration is central to the area becoming recognised as the emerging landmark destination for London.
“This, coupled with investment in the surrounding infrastructure, including an extension to the Northern Line, makes Nine Elms an important driver for London’s future growth.”
by Sara Bean