[First look] TP Bennett has revealed the first images of its proposed transformation of the 1970s Sea Containers House in London
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.
Currently out to public consultation, TP Bennett’s project will refurbish the 28,000m² building, creating a ‘destination hotel’ and restaurant to go alongside the offices. The hotel will be in Sea Containers’ south wing.
Marcus Rose of Deerbrook, which is asset manager for project backer Archlane, said: ‘These plans provide a great opportunity to reinvigorate this part of the South Bank. Its location on the River Walk, which includes cultural landmarks like the Tate Modern and the OXO Tower, is perfect for a hotel, new restaurants and shops.
‘The proposals will also enable us to improve the existing office space at the same time as providing new high-quality offices a few minutes’ walk from both Waterloo and Blackfriars.
The scheme includes new shops at the rear of the building and improved public areas with a wider riverside walkway.
Warren Platner Associates also designed the ‘Windows on the World’ restaurant at the World Trade Centre in New York.