TfL has opened a public consultation into plans that would see the transformation of the area above Southwark tube station, including a 70 metre-high office block.
The scheme would also see the development of more than twenty council homes at nearby Styles House as part of a land swap agreed in outline by the council earlier this year.
The proposed office development would be taller than TfL’s Palestra building on Blackfriars Road, but according to the plans the western-most portion of the development would be no higher than the existing Styles House tower.
“Our plans offer the opportunity to create a new sustainable landmark for Southwark and a focal point for the community, which will help it be recognised as a vibrant and attractive destination in the capital,” said TfL’s Graeme Craig.
Also included in the proposals are measures for 180,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and 7,500 sq. ft. of retail space.
Mr Craig added: “Reflecting the entrepreneurial spirit of the surrounding area, we are providing retail and commercial opportunities, while also delivering improvements for the local community, making the space greener and more accessible.”
The development will keep the current station entrance, ticket hall and lightwells down to the Jubilee line platforms.
The council “has worked closely with TfL to ensure that any development around Southwark Tube station enables the neighbouring residents at Styles House to shape their evolution of their estate and design new council homes on the adjacent site,” said Cllr Leo Pollak, who holds the ‘new homes’ portfolio.
The plans come after neighbouring Lambeth Council gave the go-ahead for a second entrance to the station on Greet Street, despite concerns it would disrupt the quiet residential area.