67 Southwark Street
Address line 2:
Allies and Morrison
Architect contact number:
020 7921 0100
Allies and Morrison.
London Borough of Southwark
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2 x 1 bed units / 7 x 2 bed units
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The planning application was submitted in June 2013 and permission was granted on the 06 May 2014. The planners accepted the change of use from Class B commercial to retail and residential as appropriate. They acknowledged that fundamental flaws in the existing building limited its potential commercial use in the future and that a new office building on the severely constrained site was unviable due to the need to meet the current building regulations. The planners recommended the scheme for approval on the basis of the strong townscape rationale behind it and the exceptional level of architectural quality proposed.
This slender sixteen storey residential building with its plot ration of 16:1 makes the most of its tiny triangular plot on a sharp street corner in the heart of Bankside, responding to a very particular context and setting.
It is made of three parts. The first is the tallest, only 4m wide, aligned to Southwark Street, and completes the space formed by Bankside 2 and 3 to the north. Its repetitive order of bay windows, placed in a distinctive and alternating roman brick pattern, is grounded with a cafe and caped with an open belvedere accessible to every resident and offering a shared amenity space with panoramic views. The second is three floors lower and looks south. It follows the line of Lavington Street and is made from less elaborate brickwork which supports a lattice of grey and white painted metal framed balconies that overhang the pavement and run the whole width of its facade. This part concludes with a roof terrace for the penthouse apartment. The third is the small metal pavilion placed at the narrowest eastern end of the tower.
Fourteen floors accommodate nine triple aspect apartments in five different arrangements. Three occupy a single floor, four occupy one-and-a-half floors, another occupies two floors and a penthouse occupies three. With only nine flats, a commuted payment was made to the local authority for its affordable housing fund. Facing Southwark Street, the bay windows are sealed. These contrast with the full height glazed screens that extend the scale of the rooms, and which open to the wide south facing balconies and the quieter Lavington Street. The roughly triangular plan narrows from its widest at 12m at the western end to just under 4m at its eastern end where each apartment has a framed view of Southwark Street and beyond.
With its brilliant plot ration of 16:1 the building makes the most of its unusual tiny triangular plot on a sharp street corner in the heart of Bankside concluding a terrace of warehouse scaled buildings that includes Allies and Morrison’s own studios.
The internal organisation, with living spaces on the quieter south side and auxiliary spaces on the north are optimal for good daylighting.
The balconies, significantly larger than that required by the planners, provides fine outdoor amenity.
All 9 apartments have step free access to a shared belvedere with spectacular views over the city