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Kyson’s One Pear Place responds to two urban conditions

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A mixed-use project by Studio Kyson in London’s Waterloo acts as a bridge between two historic neighbourhoods

One Pear Place is located between the Grade II-listed Old Fire Station, itself restored by Kyson in 2016, and the Old Vic. It is intended as both a terminus for the streetscape and a mediator between the historic neighbourhoods of Lower Marsh and The Cut, and Waterloo Road.

The twisting, kinking streetscape with narrow building plots and Victorian brick terraces is reflected in a slender facet that unfolds along the boundaries. The smaller elevation’s brickwork and modest proportions reference and complete the composition of the adjoining terraced buildings. The taller and more imposing stone-clad volume blends with the rhythm of Waterloo Road while making a strong visual statement.

The two buildings combine retail, restaurant, bar, office and residential uses across approximately 5,100m². Kyson’s work will continue on the site later this year with the refurbishment and remodelling of two further office buildings.

Kyson one pear place london ©hufton+crow 007

Kyson one pear place london ©hufton+crow 007

Architect’s view

Our scheme, through its carefully considered form, articulation and materiality, reinstates an important anchor within this cruciform townscape that was lost when the former Burtons Building was destroyed in the Second World War. We’ve mediated the two distinctive characteristics of the Waterloo and Lower Marsh areas, bringing back a focal point, and the opportunity for new office, residential and retail spaces to flourish.

Scott Kyson, director, Studio Kyson

Project data

Lead architect Studio Kyson
Project location Waterloo Road
Completion year 2017
Gross built area 2,600m²
Client Provest Projects / Estate Office Shoreditch
Structural engineer Richard Jackson
MEP Mecserve
Cost consultant Gleeds
Project manager GVA Second London Wall
Contractor C-Field
Form of contract Design and Build
Total cost £10.4 million
Gross internal area 2,550m²
Cost per m² £4,070
Annual CO2 emission 23.9kg/m²
CAD software used AutoCAD Lt 2013
Party wall Delva Patman Redler
Energy consultant Eight Associates
Acoustic consultant Clement Acoustics

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  • Chris Rogers

    "The taller and more imposing stone-clad volume blends with the rhythm of Waterloo Road while making a strong visual statement." That's one way of putting it. Another is that the stone façade does little to improve the corner and certainly ignores the brick fire station. Oh, and the Old Vic is about 50 yards away across the road.

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