Developer Grosvenor has released images of Kohn Peterson Fox Associates’ masterplan for its £500 million redevelopment of a former biscuit factory site in Bermondsey
The draft masterplan for the 12-acre site, which has gone on display today (15 June) for public consultation, includes around 1,500 new build-to-rent homes, more than 110,000 square feet of new public spaces and almost 20,000 square feet of play space.
It also includes approximately 85,000 square feet of ground floor retail, food leisure and culture facilities.
Grosvenor appointed KPF as lead architect on the project following a review of its design team. As previously reported by the AJ, Karakusevic Carson 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.
Grosvenor says its scheme shows its commitment to ‘generation rent’. Chief executive Craig McWilliam said: ‘London’s housing shortage is too often creating polarised outcomes, with homes for the few who can afford to buy them, and those allocated social rented accommodation.
‘We are sharing our ambitions in Bermondsey to meet the needs of many on low and middle incomes who are locked out of London’s housing market.
‘We want to help create one of London’s greatest neighbourhoods for people of mixed incomes, backgrounds and life stages. We want to manage these rental homes for the long term, responding to changing needs and extending Bermondsey’s rich history at the heart of a growing, global city.’
The plot in south London was once home to the Peek Frean biscuit factory and Lewisham and Southwark College.
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