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AFK wins £100m Southwark mixed-use scheme

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The London and Australia-based firm Arney Fender Katsalidis (AFK) has seen off competition from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to land a 16,720m2 mixed-use scheme at 151-157 Tower Bridge Road

The project for developer First Base, will ‘introduce a curved form’ to unify three existing buildings on the site in Southwark.

As part of the scheme a new civic square will be created with restaurants, cafes and shops and offices. This public square will recreate a public link from Bermondsey to the River Thames.

AFK chief executive Earle Arney, said: ‘In addition to the thoughtful architectural components that deliver the scheme’s retail spaces, boutique offices and residences, our design proposal makes a civic contribution to the Southwark Borough as it unlocks and enables green pedestrian linkage from the St Mary Magdalen Churchyard gardens to City Hall.’

He added: ‘This square is scaled to be complimentary to the grain of nearby Old Bermondsey. It opens up the important walk to the river and provides a new link from Bermondsey High Street to Tower Bridge Road, enhancing connectivity of the neighbourhood.

‘Additionally, the landscape from the adjacent St Mary Magdalen Gardens is drawn deep into the development and the greenery wrapping the balconies fronting the new square will in effect be a vertical landscape that will change with the seasons.’

The development is set to go in for planning next year.

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