U+I has been appointed by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LEFPA) as its development partner for the regeneration of 8 Albert Embankment into a new mixed-use community with an end value in excess of £300 million. Overlooking the Thames and the Houses of Parliament, 8 Albert Embankment has been home to the iconic Lambeth Fire station and formerly the Fire Brigade’s Headquarters since 1937. Following a competitive bid process, U+I was selected as the developer of choice owing to its extensive experience of Public Private Partnership regeneration projects (PPP) which include The Deptford Project, which has rejuvenated Deptford high street in partnership with Lewisham Council, and Clapham One which delivered a new library and health centre for Clapham in partnership with Lambeth Council.
The U+I vision for 8 Albert Embankment is for a mixed-use development that transforms this Central London riverside location through a modern urban design by Fred Pilbrow and Partners. A contemporary fire station will be at the heart of the project that combines the features of the existing building with a training yard within a redesigned space that modernises every aspect of the fire station. Next to the operating station will be the brand new London Fire Brigade museum. Formerly located in Southwark and closed since September in preparation for the move, the museum will reopen and relocate to 8 Albert Embankment where the new location will provide an opportunity to develop and expand the museum's world class collection, which tells the story of firefighting from the Great Fire of London until the present day.
The appointment of U+I is only the first step. Alongside the LFB, U+I will now begin the process of developing the plans for the site, engaging with the local community and the local council to shape the development. The consultation and engagement process will listen, educate and seek to inspire everyone with a stake in the future of 8 Albert Embankment about the redevelopment.
U+I is an established partner of the LFB. In a project led by Richard Upton, the regeneration specialist (then operating as Cathedral Group prior to its merger with Development Securities) delivered Millwall Fire Station in partnership with the London Fire Brigade. Completed in 2001, this was a unique scheme which delivered the first ever privately funded fire station in the UK at no cost to the taxpayer.
The company also has a longstanding relationship with Lambeth Council, having worked together to deliver the award winning Clapham One development. Completed in 2012 by Cathedral Group, the PPP project delivered a modern library, family health centre and some of the best quality new homes in the borough.