Arney Fender Katsalidis Wins Design Competition for Mixed-use Scheme in Southwark

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25 September 2015

Arney Fender Katsalidis Wins Design Competition for Mixed-use Scheme in Southwark

By Arney Fender Katsalidis

Architecture and interiors firm Arney Fender Katsalidis today announces its competition winning design of an 180,000 sqft, mixed-use building at 151-157 Tower Bridge Road for urban regeneration developer First Base. The scheme will offer a mix of residential workspace and ground floor retail and cafes and restaurants. It was won through a design competition against Feilden Clegg Bradley. The site has a gross development value in excess of £100 million.

A curvilinear building form will be introduced to unify three existing buildings and to creatively address the variances in floor levels between each building.

Chief Executive Earle Arney further explains, “In addition to the thoughtful architectural components that deliver the scheme’s retail spaces, boutique offices and residences, our design proposal makes a civic contribution to the Southwark Borough as it unlocks and enables green pedestrian linkage from the St Mary Magdalen Churchyard gardens to City Hall.” As is, the site currently blocks footfall from Bermondsey Square to the river, but Arney Fender Katsalidis’ new design allows for public thoroughfare.

A new civic square will be created at the heart of the development activated by restaurants, cafes and commercial uses.  Arney notes, “This square is scaled to be complimentary to the grain of nearby Old Bermondsey. It opens up the important walk to the river and provides a new link from Bermondsey High Street to Tower Bridge Road, enhancing connectivity of the neighbourhood.  Additionally, the landscape from the adjacent St Mary Magdalen Gardens is drawn deep into the development and the greenery wrapping the balconies fronting the new square will in effect be a vertical landscape that will change with the seasons.”

Importantly, raw and robust materials will be employed to ensure the redevelopment is sympathetic to the grain and materiality of Old Bermondsey to which the proposed public square connects.

Barry Jessup, Director at First Base, said: “This is a hugely exciting project for us, and an opportunity to revitalise the existing site to create a sustainable mixed-use scheme that responds to the diversity and heritage of the area. The current site obstructs pedestrian routes from Bermondsey to the river, which we would like to re-establish, as well as create new public areas that serve the local community and link with the adjacent churchyard. We look forward to working with Southwark Council and the local community to advance our plans.”

Arney Fender Katsalidis’ design is expected to go in for planning in early 2016

For more information, please contact Margaret Ravenscroft at ING Media,, + 44 (0) 20 7247 8334

About First Base
First Base is an influential developer and investor delivering innovatively-designed buildings and places that are adaptable to the changing needs of businesses and communities.
Its mixed use portfolio of projects ranges from residential through retail to workspace, always including place-making and sustainability at their core.
Its projects have been delivered in conjunction with leading architects, including Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Make, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Glenn Howells.
First Base’s best-known projects are:
- Silvertown, where First Base is leading a consortium developing a 62-acre mixed use development in London’s Royal Dock. With a GDV of £3.5bn, Silvertown includes 5 million square feet of commercial and brand space and 3,000 new homes.
- KX Nido, a £200m mixed use development at London’s Kings Cross including student accommodation, offices, retail and affordable housing.
- East Village, Stratford, where First Base is managing a £300 million portfolio of homes that is a key element of the 2012 Olympic Legacy.

First Base was founded in 2002, is privately owned by its directors, and is based in Central London.