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An attractive and inclusive design is proposed for this key regeneration area in Southwark. New homes and employment are planned for the site which is within The Old Kent Road Opportunity Area. The scheme will deliver up to 1,300 new homes, 7,000 sqm flexible commercial space and 2.5 acres public open space through a phased development.
The former, poor-quality industrial site will be transformed with a range of buildings. Eleven in total are proposed which will vary in height from five to 44 storeys. With over 50% of the area of the site given to public open space, the urban design concept weaves the themes of water, art, landscape and community together with a new architectural dialogue.
A vibrant and engaging new square will be at the heart of the development giving a place to dwell or to organise gatherings and events. Key to the arrangement and connecting with the square is a linear public park which traces the historic route of the old Grand Surrey Canal. This new permeable route will connect Malt Street with the Old Kent Road and Burgess Park.
Opportunities for both permanent and temporary art are incorporated into the design with water featuring in the landscape design. Light industrial floorspace is included to ensure a creative industry presence.
Contact: Euan MacGillivray, Simon Gillett
Client: Berkeley Homes