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Bermondsey towers by SPPARC set for approval

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Southwark Council is primed to give SPPARC planning consent for a mixed-use tower scheme near the Old Kent Road in south London

The application by SPPARC, which will be considered by the authority’s planning committee next week, is for two buildings on Ilderton Road on a strip of land by a railway line. 

The northern building will step down from 28 to five storeys, while the southern building will range in height from 13 to 3 storeys.

The scheme will include 312 homes, of which 266 will be dual-aspect and 84 will be affordable. It will also have 1,800m² of commercial space and 450m² for retail, plus a 430m² square between the buildings.

The buildings will have a diamond motif running up the western face their brick façade in reference to cranes which worked at a long-defunct canal nearby.

According to SPPARC, ‘the vertical quality of the cranes, with their expressed structural language, has become the generator for the appearance of the proposal’.

The scheme has been recommended for consent at a committee next Monday (4 April). However, it will still need the approval of the Mayor of London.

Southwark’s planning officers confirmed that the development would meet the minimum quota for affordable housing, as 344 out of the 966 habitable rooms provided would be used for social or intermediate rent. 

The scheme is being developed by CB Southberm 2, which bought an 120-year lease on the site from Southwark Council in 2016.

sp1905 up ilderton road das vignette view 2 02

sp1905 up ilderton road das vignette view 2 02

Source: SPPARC

Vignette of proposed buildings

Architect’s view 

The Ilderton Road composition has been conceived as a series of interconnecting terraces and towers with varied height that articulates the site’s 200m length. The architectural expression has taken influence from Bermondsey’s industrial past and the silhouette of the cranes that once served the barges along the former Grand Surrey Canal, on which the scheme sits and the robust masonry warehouse buildings of the area, many of which have been lost. 

Located next to South Bermondsey station, the internal programme of mixed tenure residential accommodation, retail and workspace will provide an attractive well connected place to live and work to become an integrated part of an existing and expanding community.  Following a thorough consultation process, SPPARC welcomes Southwark officers’ support in recommending planning consent be granted.

Trevor Morriss, principal, SPPARC

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Readers' comments (1)

  • No image of the view from inside a flat with diamond shaped windows - complete, it would appear from 7/24, with diagonal mullions?
    Hardly reminiscent of cranes (unless you're desperate) but maybe mock Tudor on steroids?

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