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BuckleyGrayYeoman latest to take on long-awaited South Ken Tube revamp

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BuckleyGrayYeoman has become the latest practice to reveal plans for the redevelopment of South Kensington Tube station in west London

BuckleyGrayYeoman has been asked to redesign the access to the station with a new entrance (3), restore the shopfronts, upgrade the so-called ‘bullnose’ area and arcades with a first-floor addition (1 & 2) and redevelop the residential units along Thurloe Street (4). [see phasing plan below]

The AJ100 practice, which has already gone out to public consultation on its early proposals, also plans to create a new building (9) along Pelham Street to replace the wall and hoardings which have been there for more than 40 years.

BuckleyGrayYeoman's proposals for South Kensington tube station July 2016

BuckleyGrayYeoman’s proposals for South Kensington tube station July 2016

Phasing plan of South Kensington redevelopment

BuckleyGrayYeoman has been working with project backer Transport for London on the scheme for a couple of years, having originally been brought in as part of a pilot programme which saw five practices re-imagine nine tube stations across the capital.  

Among the firms to have looked at the site over the past two decades are John McAslan + Partners and Terry Farrell, whose proposals for a rotunda-like mixed-used scheme above the station’s listed arcade were ditched in 2003.  

Practice co-founder Matt Yeoman said: ‘The South Ken site has been looked at for the best part of 30 years by the great and the good. The residents have suffered from consultation fatigue. People are fed-up.

‘This scheme has to be an exemplar in terms of consultation and in terms of architecture and design. It is about balancing the commercial needs with those of the local community and the role of the station – which is one of the busiest on the network – as a gateway to the museums.’

A planning application for the scheme is expected in the new year.


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