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PLP bags Sampson and Ludgate House redevelopment job

PLP has been appointed to the huge redevelopment of Sampson and Ludgate House next to Tate Modern on London’s South Bank

The KPF-offshoot is currently working on early designs for the project to replace the buildings.  

The ‘brutalist’ Sampson House was completed in 1979 by Fitzroy Robinson & Partners as a processing centre for Lloyds Bank and the 1989 Ludgate House was originally home to the Daily Express newspaper.

The buildings are separated by a Victorian railway viaduct leading to Blackfriars train station but it is understood the scheme for developer Carlyle Group would consider them as one site. Jacobs Architecture is currently working on a new South Bank entrance to the station.

The 140,000m² residential-led development could feature 1,000 apartments in buildings up to 30 storeys-tall, reported Reuters.

The proposals may include 28,000m² of offices and 18,500m² of retail.

In July, Carlyle Group was defeated by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar in a high-profile contest to redevelop the Shell Centre which is also on London’s South Bank.

Last month, a stalled 52-storey skyscraper designed by Ian Simpson Architect and next door to Ludgate House was mooted for resurrection following reports developer St George was closing in on a deal to buy the site.

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