Southwark Council has named Squire and Partners as the new architect to draw up proposals for the Potters Fields site on London’s South Bank.
The local authority, along with developer Berkeley Homes, revealed the London-based practice as the replacement for Ian Ritchie Architects – which was dropped from the scheme last month.
The news ends years of delays and disputes between Southwark and Berkeley, who had failed to see eye-to-eye over the use of the site.
Southwark had been holding out for a cultural building to be built on the land, whereas Berkeley had commissioned Ian Ritchie to design eight residential towers (pictured).
Squire and Partners principal Michael Squire said: ‘This is a unique location next to the World Heritage Site and Mayor’s headquarters. Working with our clients and the community we look forward to evolving a design worthy of its context.’
According to Southwark, Squire and Partners were one of three practices that put forward proposals for the new development.
Council leader Nick Stanton said: ‘We are confident that in collaboration with Berkeley Homes we will deliver a world-class design that provides best value for our residents and a new cultural asset on the South Bank.
‘We hope to unveil the initial proposals at a public exhibition by the end of summer 2008 where we will ask residents and businesses for their opinions.’