The proposal is to create a mixed-use development comprising 50,155 sqm next-generation workspace (including space for start-ups) along with a diverse mix of shops, cafés, restaurants and spaces for entertainment and cultural events.
The development consists of two buildings, representing the partial demolition and refurb of the East Building (10 storeys) and the redevelopment of the West Building (15 storeys) located on Lavington Street.
Once the building is operating it will be an exemplar low carbon office development using 100% renewable energy procured for the development. The facades are designed to maximise natural daylight, while also being highly insulated, to minimise energy demand. Car free development with the provision of over 800 cycle spaces to encourage sustainable modes of transport. The scheme has been designed to be disassembled in future with the aim that the building’s materials are reusable and can support the circular economy.
The development will retain circa 85% of the existing building and use a hybrid steel frame and timber structure, significantly reducing embodied carbon, construction traffic, demolition waste and local air pollution. Low carbon and recycled materials will also be used across the development.
The development also looks to open up the site to the public (currently fenced off) providing a more permeable and green space, which enhances the accessibility to the low line.
The plans have been approved by Southwark Council and the developer, Landsec, is planning to commence demolition in Q2 2021 with completion in Q4 2023.
You can see more information on their website here.