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KPF scoops planning for King’s Reach Tower

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KPF has won planning permission for its scheme to revamp King’s Reach Tower on London’s South Bank

Approved by Southwark Council last week, the project transforms a 1970s tower and podium building into a mixed-use development incorporating residential, retail and office accommodation.

Six additional floors will be added to the structure, with levels 11 to 36 providing 173 residential apartments for developer CIT group.

The ground level will provide a new route through the scheme as well as double the amount of retail frontage around the perimeter.

The structure, originally designed by Richard Seifert will be retained and the façades clad in glass, light metal and timber in an attempt to create an intimate scale while accentuating the verticality of the tower.

Planning permission was granted despite concerns over the scheme’s lack of on-site affordable housing. At the planning committee Tim Wood, representing Bankside Residents’ Forum, claimed a ‘dangerous precedent’ was being set for 100 per cent private schemes in the area, reported London SE1.

George Kyriacou, managing director of development at CIT told the committee that the £22.4 million payment would finance the building of approximately 270 affordable homes in the area.

The project continues the ongoing regeneration of this part of Southwark. 

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