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Karakusevic Carson team picked for former biscuit factory revamp

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Karakusevic Carson Architects (KCA) has been appointed as lead architect to draw up designs for two sites near to Bermondsey tube station in south London

Developer Grosvenor has asked KCA to head the team to redevelop the 4.9ha sites which formally housed a Peek Frean biscuit factory and Lewisham and Southwark College.

The practice is joined by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture, which will design the proposed secondary school, landscape architects Schulze+Grassov, and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) which will be responsible for designing 5,100m² of new work space.

The new development is expected to include new homes, a secondary school, shops, community facilities and public spaces.

Richard Powell, executive director at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland said: ‘A sensitive appreciation of the neighbourhood is key to preparing a thoughtful design brief and selecting a design team. 

‘Collaboration amongst the design team, and of course with our new neighbours, will be critical to the success of our emerging plans.  I am really excited with the talent we have assembled here.’

The developer said that the brief will include a requirement to draw on the area’s industrial heritage, responding to nearby buildings. 

KCA director Paul Karakusevic said: ‘The local area consists of a variety of historical buildings, infrastructure and elements of old Bermondsey.

‘The factory site, historically the biggest employer in the area, will be brought back to life with a series of interim and creative uses and housing types.’

He said that a masterplan would aim to ‘re-connect’ the area using historical streets and passages and link the area to the tube station.
Community consultation on the future of the sites will begin later this week, Grosvenor said, with a planning application to London Borough of Southwark expected next year.

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