It's a saga that has dragged on for more than a decade. Now plans for the redevelopment of the former London Fire Brigade headquarters on Albert Embankment have been delayed again, with a planning application pushed back till the autumn.
The London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority picked developer U+I as its latest partner for the 8 Albert Embankment site in 2016 – but nearly two years on, the company has asked for the deadline for a planning application to be submitted to be postponed from January to September this year.
On Wednesday the fire authority discussed the reasons for the developer's request for a delay in closed session, with the public papers simply referring to "a number of commercial considerations in terms of the scheme's viability".
At the most recent public consultation, U+I's scheme included more than 300 homes, a hotel, a modernised Lambeth Fire Station and premises for the London Fire Brigade Museum, as well as shops and offices.
This year it will be 10 years since the fire brigade relocated its headquarters to Union Street.