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Benjamin Marks' temporary South Bank restaurant opens

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Emerging talent Benjamin Marks has completed this ‘meanwhile-use’ restaurant as part of Coin Street Community Builders’ ongoing development plans for London’s South Bank

The £740,000 Green Room project next to The National Theatre will eventually be replaced as Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ (LDS) Doon Street masterplan is built out (AJ 25.05.10).

Phase one of the wider scheme, the Allies & Morrison-designed headquarters for the Rambert dance company on Upper Ground, opened in 2013. Construction of phase two, featuring LDS’ contentious 46-storey apartment tower and a new public swimming pool, is expected to start on land behind the restaurant in early 2016.

The Green Room will be taken down once work begins on the final phase of the development - a town square linked to Waterloo station and a new education building.

Marks, the son of architects David Marks Julia Barfield, has recently completed his part II and is currently working full-time for Coin Street Community Builders.

In 2012 Marks and fellow student Matt Atkins, led a team of volunteers to dismantle CSCB’s offices - a Walter Segal-inspired building by Architype - which sat on the Doon Street site.

The pair then used the components to design and build a new office and playspace for Oasis Children’s Venture, a children’s charity in Stockwell (see AJ 26.10.12).

Project data

Architects: Benjamin Marks
Location: 101 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PP
Type Of Project: Restaurant
Structural Engineers: Arup
Project Architect: Benjamin Marks
Design Team: Benjamin Marks, Arup (M&E and Structural), Exigere (QS)
Client: Coin Street Community Builders
Funding: Coin Street Community Builders and Lloyds Bank
Tender date: 21 February 2014
Start on site date: 27 May 2014
Contract duration: 24 weeks
Gross internal floor area:  
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT D&B 2011
Total cost: £740,000 
M&e consultant: Arup
Quantity surveyor: Exigere
Planning supervisor: PFB     
Planning consultant: Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners
Lighting consultant: Arup
Main contractor: 8build
Annual co2 emissions: kgCO2/m2 per annum is 68.8m

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  • The font is even the same as Tottenham's Green Room designed and built this summer. http://tottenhamgreenroom.tumblr.com/

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