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PLP reveals £1bn Southbank towers scheme

PLP Architecture has unveiled plans for this 130,000m² mixed-use redevelopment of Ludgate and Sampson house on London’s Southbank

The Carlyle Group-backed project would be built on both sides of the bridge’s southern end, comprising nine new buildings of between five and 48 storeys, reported sister title Construction News.

The development features 87,000m² of homes, 42,000m² of offices, 2,300m² of retail and 1,700m² of cultural space (see AJ 25.05.2012).  There will also be 3,200m² of public space.

It would require demolition of Ludgate and Sampson houses, two office blocks that now stand at the bridge’s end, and so works can start only when existing leases end, meaning construction could last from 2015 until early 2023.

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 developer said public consultation had shown 90 per cent support for the project.

Carlyle group managing Director Mark Harris said: ‘This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to truly regenerate and reinvigorate a large, important and extremely well located, but underutilised, site right on the River Thames. 

‘We plan to replace the existing impermeable block structures with a new, highly accessible urban quarter complete with new residential, retail and office facilities, as well as cultural centres and large new public spaces right on the riverbank.’

Original sketch for the ‘cultural centre’ element

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