Bankside renaissance: Completing Lavington Street

Southwark Council has granted planning permission to 25 Lavington Street, a major redevelopment site just behind our studios. Occupying the current location of Lavington House, our proposals seek to create a compact urban development consisting of three new residential buildings and an office building around a new public space. The project, designed for a London-based family run developer, will be the latest in a number of projects by the practice in Bankside since we moved into the area in 2003.

A trio of new residential buildings will create 173 new homes in three blocks scaled at 8, 12 and 20 storeys. They thoughtfully reinterpret the local character of solid, brick warehouse buildings using contemporary language while framing three distinct courtyard spaces. A fourth building, ten storeys of offices, will create a new focal point at the junction of Lavington Street and Ewer Street; its white glazed brickwork will provide a pleasing contrast to the darker brick residential buildings. An entrance portico will project onto Lavington Street and a roof level belvedere will overlook the courtyard garden further south.

The new development will extend a north-south route from Southwark to St Paul’s, first opened up by the sequence created by the Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Bankside 123, our original studio building and its Farnham Place extension. It will animate a currently underused piece of Bankside, contributing to our neighbourhood’s wider renaissance. Other projects in the vicinity designed by Allies and Morrison include the neighbouring buildings on Lavington Street, the Crane Building and a residential building at 67 Southwark Street currently onsite.