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AHMM reveals designs for ‘modernisation’ of Denys Lasdun’s IBM Building

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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has revealed concept designs for the overhaul of Denys Lasdun’s IBM Building on London’s South Bank 

The plans for a 22,000m² expansion and ’modernisation’ of the 1983 five-storey Brutalist landmark, which emerged in November, are currently out for public consultation.

The design uses the existing architectural components of the IBM Building but reimagines sections such as its ‘defensive’ ground floor to improve public realm along the South Bank.

The proposals could include a two-storey extension taking the building up to a height of 42m, as well as partial demolition of some of the existing structure and the addition of a new core. 

According to the consultation document, the scheme will follow a similar approach to the adaptation of the Royal Festival Hall and the IBM’s more famous neighbour, Lasdun’s Grade II*-listed National Theatre.

The redevelopment will provide more office space for the US technology giant and feature shops on ground level as well as ‘green or blue’ roofs.

The plans for the 1.2ha site at 76/78 Upper Ground are backed by Wolfe Asset Management, owned by Dubai-based investment company Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group. The developer is reported to be Stanhope.

The IBM Building sits in a heritage hotspot, surrounded by six listed buildings including the National Theatre, Grade II*-listed Waterloo Bridge and the Grade I-listed Royal Festival Hall and Somerset House.

Although not on the national list, the IBM block is one of a clutch of buildings which were locally listed by Lambeth Council in 2010. However, there was controversy last year over the decision not to list the nearby Southbank Centre, which includes the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

According to the report, the new building could provide room for an additional 2,000 staff to add to the existing 2,350 who currently work there. 

AHMM has been approached for comment.

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