Rotherhithe’s Albion pub earmarked for flats

Admin (20 April, 2017)

The pub could be demolished and replaced with eight flats and a commercial space

16471The Albion in Albion Street, Rotherhithe, could be demolished and replaced with flats and a commercial space

A Rotherhithe pub could be demolished and replaced with a shop and flats.

Michael Trentham Architects has submitted plans on behalf of The Albion Pub Co Ltd to demolish The Albion and replace it with eight self-contained flats and a commercial space.

The company bought the existing three-storey faux Tudor-style pub five years ago, which is now used for storage.

It currently stands at the end of a row of terrace flats and a protected shopping parade in Albion Street.

The property is not listed but is considered a non-designated heritage asset by Southwark Council.

If the plans are given the go ahead, the pub will be demolished and a four-storey mixed-use property built in its place.

The existing basement would be kept and used as a commercial space along with the ground floor which would retain ‘A’ use. If plans go ahead, the space would be marketed to businesses in the area.

The eight flats – four studios, two one-bedrooms, and two two-bedrooms – would be split over three floors.

In a design and access statement, Michael Trentham Architects said: “The existing building is unprecedented in its context and stands out from the terrace in Albion Street, breaking the rhythm of the street elevation.

The existing openings (particularly at ground-floor level) are small and are therefore more residential than commercial in appearance.

“[…] The main objective was to create a simple, and elegant building that is rooted in place, informed by the existing context that also continues the modern urban vernacular encouraged by Southwark council.”

The architect also stated that the proposed building would not obstruct the views of buildings in the area, such as the Finnish and Norwegian churches, and would preserve their historical value and the character of the area.

To view the plans, visit Southwark Council’s website and search for planning application 17/AP/1299.


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