TP Bennett has bagged planning permission to revamp Sea Containers House on London’s South Bank
The Southwark Council planning committee approved the 45,866m² mixed-use scheme early last week.
Designed by Warren Platner Associates, the Thames-side building was originally conceived as a hotel but was reconfigured as offices before it opened in 1978. It is named after its original owner, an international shipping company.
TP Bennett’s scheme for developer Archlane extends and refurbishes the building, creating a 358‐bedroom ‘destination’ hotel and 28,000m² of office space split between the existing structure and a nine-story extension.
Practice principal director Doug Smith said: ‘We are very excited that the project has been given the go ahead and look forward, in conjunction with the rest of the project team, to breathing new life into this important building and the surrounding area in a great location on the South Bank.’
The project includes public realm improvements and plans to widen the 120 metre-long riverside walk which will feature a new restaurant and a café.
Construction is expected to start on site in January 2012 and is expected to complete at the end of 2013.