Albert Embankment to be conservation area

Lambeth Council today announced that the Albert Embankment, at the western extremity of the SE1 area, has been designated as a conservation area.

The dolphin lamps, balustrade and raised benches of the embankment are included, along with the stone retaining walls and neighbouring gardens and the nearby Vauxhall Bridge, opened in 1906.

Other local landmarks include the MI6 headquarters designed by Sir Terry Farrell in 1989 and the art deco London Fire Brigade headquarters, dating from 1937 and the magnificent mid Victorian Royal Doulton building.

The modern office blocks completed between the 1950s and 1980s are not included within the conservation area.

According to Lambeth Council, conservation area status helps to protect existing buildings from demolition or harmful alteration and means new developments within the Conservation Area and on sites which affect its setting, must preserve or enhance the character of the locality. Designation also helps to protect trees from unauthorised felling or other works.

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