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21 OCT 2019

TFL UNVEILS PROPOSALS FOR BUILDING ABOVE SOUTHWARK TUBE STATION

Transport for London (TfL) is inviting the local community to feedback on its proposals for an over-station development at Southwark tube station, following previous consultation on its vision for the area in June earlier this year.

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, which has been involved in previous design work on a development above Southwark station, has been chosen as the architecture practice to deliver the proposals. 

The project has been enabled by an agreed land exchange with the London Borough of Southwark, which will also allow for the creation of more than 20 new council homes.

The proposals for the over-station development include the provision of around 180,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and 7,500 sq. ft. of retail space. The proposals will also incorporate affordable office space, which could be used by local or small businesses, while also improving pedestrian access to the existing independent businesses in the surrounding area, supporting them to grow and succeed.

The development will also retain the existing station entrance, ticket hall and lightwells down to the Jubilee line platforms. It will also be set further back from the homes by its side with the area in between being used as a shared space for neighbouring residents and occupants of the new buildings.

The development also has a particular focus on sustainability with a diverse range of plants being incorporated across the terraces and a commitment to construct the building using cross-laminated timber, which consumes less energy than reinforced concrete. The building will also be assessed under the highest sustainability standards - known as the BREEAM assessment - that take into account its environmental, social and economic sustainability performance. The proposals also look to improve the environment around the station by providing more trees and foliage on Isabella Street.

Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at TfL, said: "Reflecting the entrepreneurial spirit of the surrounding area, we are providing retail and commercial opportunities, while also delivering improvements for the local community, making the space greener and more accessible. We have taken on board the feedback from our initial consultation and invite the local community to again share their views on our designs, so that we can work together on our vision for Southwark."

Paul Monaghan, founding director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, said "We are delighted to be working on this landmark project for TfL. They have provided us with an inspired brief that this building should set new standards in wellbeing and sustainability, as well as being an exemplary piece of architecture that draws inspiration from TfL's rich commissioning history. We look forward to developing our proposals in the coming months."

The consultation will last until 26 November. Click here for further information.

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