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Stiff + Trevillion reveals full designs for Tower Bridge office overhaul


Stiff + Trevillion has revealed designs for a major new office building next to Tower Bridge on the south bank of the Thames

The practice has submitted plans to Southwark Council to redevelop an ‘out of date’ 1990s office building at Tower Bridge Court.

The plans include stripping the building back to its frame and extending it to create 1,021m² of new office space.

The ground floor entrance of the new building will be opened up to the street, while the ground floor will be used as a flexible, multi-use space that will be available for events, workshops and exhibitions.

The new office will include a club room and terrace with all tenants able to outdoor space through balconies and gardens.

Developer FORE acquired the building for £51 million in July 2018 and is partnering with development manager Landid on the project.

Lance Routh, Director at Stiff + Trevillion, said: ’Designing a building within a heritage area of such importance presents great challenges.

’We have worked very closely with FORE and Landid to understand the historic context, creating a building with a refined architecture that in its scale and materiality is wholly sympathetic to its surroundings.’

Tower court existing left proposed right

Existing Tower Court building (left); Stiff + Trevillion’s new proposals (right)

Existing Tower Court building (left); Stiff + Trevillion’s new proposals (right)

Project data

Location Tower Bridge, London SE1
Type of project Office
Client FORE Partnership
Architect Stiff + Trevillion
Landscape architect Camlins
Planning consultant Iceni
Structural engineer Webb Yates
M&E consultant Atelier Ten
Quantity surveyor Rider Levett Bucknall
CDM adviser Rider Levett Bucknall
Funding ICG Longbow

Tower bridge court 4 small

Tower bridge court 4 small



Readers' comments (4)

  • Genuinely prefer the older building here

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  • So 'up to date' is code for bland, boring and uninspired compared with the 'out of date' predecessor. And it would appear that any notions of sustainability can take a running jump - the existing building dating from the 1990s is so ancient that it's surely threatening to crumble into a heap of debris.
    The director's comments ring very hollow indeed, and I'm sure that Hellman would've thought up a suitable name for the architects.

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  • A better fit aesthetically than the existing building, referring as it does to the prevalent warehouse typology in the area.

    As for embodied energy etc, well yes, but sadly duff buildings don't let/sell and so money talks. The number of even quite major 80s/90s buildings now having tinted glazing, fussy mullions and chunky stone cladding removed in favour of something calmer is striking - even BDP's massive juggernaut for JP Morgan at Victoria Embankment.

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  • Hideous, sinister, formulaic Kings X industrial chic, with obligatory dark brickwork and rust coloured facades.
    Gratuitous addition of two floors and rooftop diesel motor room to central block wrecks views of the TB South Abutment Arch, Boilerhouse Chimney and Accumulator Tower from Tower of London WHS, creating canyon along TB approach from the south.
    Destroys privacy of neighbouring resedential as Bkavatnik extension at Tate.
    The existing Pomo Tower Bridge Court , a characterful example of Cecil Denny Highton (cf F & C Office refurb) which nods to its Gothic neighbour is obliterated.

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