‘We are delighted with our collaboration with First Base and the design vision we share for Southwark,’ said Earle Arney, AFK chief executive
After the competition was seen off from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, AFK aims to ‘introduce a curved form’ to unify three existing buildings on the site in Southwark.
The site construction of the £137 million project, which is backed by developer First Base, that will include 69 homes and 137 separate hotel units, is set to start in July 2017. The scheme will also include a public civic square with restaurants, cafes, shops and offices to re-create a linkage between Bermondsey and river Thames.
The unifying curved form project replaces a part-hotel scheme by Weston Williamson for 153-157 Tower Bridge Road that was approved in 2009.
Earle Arney said that the scheme will be a gorgeous project; explaining that the Tower Bridge Road is a project of ‘urban repair at both the architectural and urban scale. Existing structures are adaptively reused, which elevate the sustainability of the development while raw and robust materials are employed to connect with the warehouse grain of Old Bermondsey.’
He also added: ’A new square at the heart of the development creates a civic heart for the local community and the potential of a green pedestrian spine linking St Mary Magdalen Churchyard Gardens to City Hall is established for the Borough. We look forward to developing the designs and contributing positively to this wonderful neighborhood.’