KPF has replaced Make on a project to redevelop the Richard Seifert-designed King’s Reach Tower on London’s South Bank
In 2005 (AJ 17.02.05), Make won planning permission for the 37,000m² project to reclad the 31-storey tower and add four new floors.
But new owner CIT, which plans to invest £500 million in UK property in a joint venture with Riyadh-based Jadwa Investment, appointed KPF last month.
CIT refused to comment on its decision to ditch Ken Shuttleworth’s practice. However, a spokesperson said: ‘CIT can confirm that it has appointed KPF to advise on King’s Reach Tower… CIT will be working closely with local residents and the London Borough of Southwark to ensure the redevelopment of the existing building makes the most of the opportunity for Southwark and south London more widely.’
The 111m-tall structure was sold with planning consent for £60 million in June. Make’s design (pictured, above) included plans to replace an adjoining podium building with a cluster of towers ranging from six to 12 storeys in height.
CIT has not confirmed whether KPF will come up with proposals for a new-build rather than a retrofit. According to a feasibility study by BFLS, the site could take a 40-storey new-build tower containing 46,500m² of office space.
The 1972 building has been vacant since 2007, when tenant IPC Media decamped to the Blue Fin building.