Another huge setback has been suffered by Ghanaian international architect David Adjaye’s Adjaye Associates when the developer of the 20-story Hondo Tower project in Brixton is said to have pulled out.
According to information on architectsjournal.co.uk, the developer withdrew the company’s contentious plans for the office skyscraper in Brixton just days before a crucial hearing on the project was scheduled to take place.
“The 20-storey Hondo Tower project was barely approved by Lambeth Council in November 2020, but Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, called it in later after initially opting not to intervene,” according to the newspaper.
The fact that three women have accused David Adjaye of sexual misbehaviour in a variety of accusations ranging from sexual assault to harassment is yet another huge setback for him.
According to the article, the GLA was scheduled to hear the Hondo Tower proposal later this week, but the hearing has been postponed as a result of the letter-based withdrawal.
The developer had chosen to withdraw the plan and “reconsider its position,” according to the facts of the withdrawal, it was stated.
Some of the planning agent DP9’s letter to the GLA is said to have stated, “Unfortunately, it has been extremely difficult to provide Brixton with the much-needed increase in jobs and skills because to the extremely extended gestation period over the previous two years […].”
The application for the property at 20-24 Pope’s Road was created for the customer Hondo Enterprises, which is run by DJ and businessman Taylor McWilliams from Texas.
Alex Bowring, an inspector for Historic England (HE), objected to the plans, saying the 96-meter tower would be “significantly larger than anything in the vicinity” and hurt the community’s legacy “far and wide.”