KPF is expected to submit plans for a £500 million redevelopment of a former biscuit factory site in Bermondsey to Southwark Council later this month
Backed by developer Grosvenor, the masterplan for the 12-acre site includes around 1,500 new build-to-rent homes, 25,000m2 of new or improved street space, and more than 10,000m2 of office space.
It also includes10,000m2 of retail, leisure and food facilities, 400m2 of ‘public lawns’, and the planting of 140 new trees.
Grosvenor appointed KPF as lead architect on the project following a review of its design team, effectively replacing Karakusevic Carson, which had been appointed to that role in 2015 (see AJ 29.09.15).
Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture is designing the proposed 600-place secondary school at the heart of the neighbourhood.
KPF’s initial proposals for the Biscuit Factory site (left) - the latest plans which will be submitted to Southwark Council later this month (right)
Grosvenor said its scheme shows its commitment to ‘generation rent’. Katherine Rodgers, development director at Grosvenor, said: ’We want to see a growing district that is inclusive and physically integrated, with historic buildings retained and new commercial spaces, local amenities and public spaces created.
’We have spent four years getting to know Bermondsey, its people and its communities and want to help knit together the best of Bermondsey with an investment and long-term legacy that generates local opportunities and can respond to changing demand.’
The regeneration proposal also includes plans, backed by Network Rail, to refurbish 165 underused railway arches. The masterplan is expected to create 1,500 new jobs.
The plot in south London was once home to the Peek Frean biscuit factory and Lewisham and Southwark College.
The AJ understands a decision on the planning application is expected in the first half of next year.
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