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Approval given for landmark London Bridge scheme

Southwark Council has given planning approval for the redevelopment of the Colechurch House site near London Bridge.

Designed by Foster + Partners, the steel-framed structure will be an exemplar mixed-use scheme, which aims to be net-zero. The project will provide 48,180m2 of prime space for businesses, an expansive new public space as well as a home for the popular Southwark Playhouse theatre.

Luke Fox, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners said. “As architects, we have a responsibility to leverage the power of design to positively influence public life and steer urban development towards a more sustainable, diverse and equitable future. Colechurch House is an exemplar project in this regard, and we look forward to working with developer CIT to make this pioneering project a reality.”

The new sustainable development is a striking staggered form, rising to 22 storeys at its highest point. The wellbeing-driven office space is said to be designed to suit the needs of today’s workforce. A highly optimised façade will significantly reduce energy consumption, supported by mixed-mode ventilation (opening windows), ground source energy piles and onsite green energy generation comprising extensive photovoltaic panels. Winter gardens on every floor and verdant roof terraces will ensure there is ample outdoor space.

The development will span over an extensive new public park that stretches the length of the site. The scheme will also open up historic views of Southwark Cathedral and local heritage buildings.

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