London practice SPPARC has secured approval to revamp and extend the Victorian warehouse used for early series of BBC hit show Dragons’ Den
Southwark Council’s planning committee granted consent for the £21 million redevelopment of 47-49 Tanner Street in Bermondsey into offices.
The scheme will see the three-storey former industrial storage facility – more recently rented out for commercial activities – incorporated into a stepped seven-storey office block.
Backed by a joint venture of Legal & General Capital and Dutch investor PGGM, the 28m- tall tower will create 5,770m2 of office space.
SPPARC said its ‘modern architectural intervention’ would have a brick façade that complemented the materials and proportions of the warehouse building ‘while responding to the varied characters of the street’.
It added: ‘The new building will oversail the existing warehouse with a playful geometric seven-storey addition in two setback glazed tiers with roof terraces at fourth, six and roof level.
‘This will be effective in maintaining the primacy of the warehouse building in the street scene, allowing the former geometry of the warehouse building with a frontage and a flank to be understood. The new building will be elegantly detailed with exposed steel horizontal structures separating the floors and expressed vertical fins.’
A number of objections were received by local people, including concerns about overlooking, loss of light, scale of development and ‘visual appearance’.
Bermondsey Street conservation area advisory group objected to the application on the basis of ‘overdevelopment’.
But planning officers said the design ‘succeeds in maintaining the primacy of the heavy brick façades that are a key characteristic of streets in this area’. They added in a report to councillors that ‘views show that the extensions to the warehouse building will not have an undue effect on more distant townscape views from within the conservation area’.
‘The design quality of the proposed building will represent an enhancement to the streetscene and it is considered that the proposal would result in more efficient use of land,’ added the report.
SPPARC principal Trevor Morriss said the scheme would provide ‘flexible high-quality creative workspace that complements the established residential and commercial communities of the area’.
The scheme has been designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent, and will create a building capable of supporting 500 workers. Work is due to start on site next year.
First broadcast in the UK on 4 January 2005, Dragons’ Den has seen business icons such as Duncan Bannatyne and Deborah Meaden invest in entrepreneurial ventures including Levi Roots’ Reggae Reggae Sauce after high-pressure pitches in the famous exposed-brick warehouse.
Type of project Mixed-use
Client Legal & General Capital and PGGM
Landscape architect SPPARC
Planning consultant Brunel Planning
Structural engineer Waterman Structures
M&E consultant Waterman Building Services
Quantity surveyor Waterman Structures
CDM adviser Orsa
Sunlight and daylight Point 2
Rights of light Point 2
Tender date Summer 2019
Start on site 2019
Contract duration 24 Months
Gross internal floor area 5,770m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and Build
Total cost Approx £21million
Visuals SPPARC/ AVR London