13 May 2008
By Jon Surtees
Southwark Council and Berkeley Homes hope to appoint a new architect to the Potter's Fields development by 'the end of the summer'.
As the 'News' has previously reported, the council and Berkeley Homes have recently buried five years of disputes and agreed to work together on "a blank piece of paper", to develop a scheme for the site that includes both housing and a major cultural attraction.
The deal means that the widely disliked Ian Ritchie 'dalek' towers that Berkeley were previously pushing for the site have been ditched, meaning the partners need to find a new architect to help them develop the open space, directly across the river from the Tower of London and almost underneath Tower Bridge.
The architect will be chosen by a 'steering group' that is headed up by the council Chief Executive Annie Shepperd and Berkeley Home boss Tony Pidgely.
Council leader Nick Stanton, also a councillor for the Riverside ward that includes the land, said: "Although we are still in the very early stages of the agreement, we wanted to let people know how we intend to move forward. This brand new scheme will have a new architect that will start with a blank piece of paper. We believe this gives both parties the opportunity to achieve their aims and deliver an exciting design which is sympathetic to its surroundings, delivers much needed housing for Southwark and a cultural offer which would complement the other assets on the South Bank."
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