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Southwark Council to hold Bermondsey competitions

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Southwark Council is planning a package of three architectural competitions for new buildings and refurbishment in the Bermondsey Spa area later this year.

The projects include a new building on a 0.40ha site which has been designated for a business use; the renovation and rebuilding of the former town hall complex (on 1ha and including two listed buildings); and the improvement or rebuilding of three housing blocks on Jamaica Road.

Southwark's head of property, Chris Horn, told the AJ that the borough would be looking for architect and developer teams for projects worth tens of millions of pounds at the end of the summer. 'A loose masterplan will be devised by Llewelyn-Davies by the end of the summer and the projects will go to competition if the plan sets the right tone for development, 'Horn said.

Southwark is attempting to balance commercial development and housing needs in the area and Horn said that the masterplan would not 'seek to constrain commercial development' but would mean 'minimal removal of housing'.

Three consortia are drawing up plans for the Elephant and Castle scheme and are due to submit their proposals to a 25-strong board of local interest groups on 31 March. Architects represented include Foster & Partners, Terry Farrell & Partners and KP Architects.

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