Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has settled on a team of architects to draw up development plans for 12 acres of Bermondsey.
Karakusevic Carson Architects (KCA) has been called on to create a masterplan for “Project Sunbeam”, which involves two sites near Bermondsey Underground station: the former Peek Frean Biscuit Factory, which closed in 1989, and former Lewisham and Southwark College sites. The idea is to create a lot of new homes, a secondary school, shops, community facilities, landscaping and public spaces.
Alongside KCA, Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture has been appointed to design a new secondary school, Schulze+Grassov will work on new public realm, and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) is to design 55,000 square feet of new work space.
The architects have been briefed “to draw on the area’s industrial heritage and take cues from well-loved buildings in the local area.” As you’d expect from a regen’ project of this size within Zone 2, there will be a lot of public consultation; this kicks off on 1st October, with more planned as designs develop. If all goes to plan, Grosvenor will submit plans to Southwark Council in 2016.
Grosvenor acquired both sites in 2013, with permission in place for 800 new homes on the biscuit factory site.
Richard Powell, Executive Director at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland: “A sensitive appreciation of the neighbourhood is key to preparing a thoughtful design brief and selecting a design team. Collaboration amongst the design team, and of course with our new neighbours, will be critical to the success of our emerging plans. I am really excited with the talent we have assembled here.”
Paul Karakusevic from Karakusevic Carson Architecture: “Karakusevic Carson is delighted to be working on this project. The local area consists of a variety of historical buildings, infrastructure and elements of old Bermondsey. The factory site, historically the biggest employer in the area, will be brought back to life with a series of interim and creative uses and housing types. The masterplan hopes to re-connect the area using historical streets and passages and link the area at ‘The Blue’ through to Bermondsey Station.”
Louise Grassov, Partner, Schulze+Grassov: “We look forward to working with the local community to design great public areas which will enhance everyday life in Bermondsey.”
Richard Cottrell from Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture: “Having worked on many education projects in the London Borough of Southwark, we know the area well and are excited to be part of the design team working to regenerate this important site. We are looking forward to working with Grosvenor, our design partners and the local community to develop proposals that will do justice to this key central London location and the needs of the people who live there.”