Green light given to South Bank redevelopment
The landmark redevelopment of the former ITV studios on London’s iconic South Bank has been granted planning approval by Lambeth Council. Developer Mitsubishi Estate and development manager CO—RE will transform the 2.5-acre site into a new commercially-led mixed-use development which prioritises wellbeing and sustainability, targeting completion in 2026, in partnership with pioneering landscape architecture practice Grant Associates.
The development, designed by Make Architects, will create a 25-storey office building connected to two buildings of 14 and 6 storeys. Alongside high-quality and affordable workspace, space will be specifically tailored to the needs of Lambeth’s emerging creative industries as well as the addition of new cafes and restaurants, cultural venues and open, green spaces.
Sustainability is at the forefront of the all-electric, fossil fuel-free scheme, which is targeting net zero carbon in operation along with the BREEAM Outstanding, the highest certification of sustainability. The creation of new green spaces will boost biodiversity and reduce CO2 levels. 1,300 cycle parking spaces, with high-quality end-of-trip showers, lockers and changing facilities will encourage active travel to the site.
The scheme is also targeting the highest WELL certification, Platinum. The wellbeing of office workers is central to the design, extending the workspace outdoors with external terraces and balconies overlooking the Thames to give greater access to fresh air and natural light.
The development will transform 40% of the site into public realm, opening up a currently closed-off site on the popular South Bank and adding two new public squares, an active ground floor and several public walkways. The design also includes a new public rooftop restaurant and terrace.
“At the heart of our landscape approach is an invitation to embrace nature, promoting the idea of having ‘nature all around’. The aim of the proposals is to create a new, vibrant destination with a generous and welcoming public realm that offers improved connectivity. The distinctive proposals optimise planting and wildlife opportunities to increase biodiversity and connect with the wider local green infrastructure.”
“Not only will 72 Upper Ground create world-class workspace, it will benefit the whole community through introducing new open spaces, public realm, retail as well as arts and cultural offerings to the South Bank.”
A new arts and culture innovation hub will introduce new creative opportunities such as immersive gallery and performance spaces, outdoor screenings and presentation spaces looking directly onto the river. These opportunities will all provide new jobs and skills for the local economy while integrating and complementing the existing offering along the South Bank. It has been tailored to the needs of emerging creative industries through an on-site residency programme with Lambeth-based organisations including Black Cultural Archives, Iconic Steps and Young Creators UK.
“72 Upper Ground will be a great addition to the South Bank’s current cultural offering, bringing new workspace, jobs and investment to one of London’s most famous destinations. Our scheme will transform the site into a place where creative organisations can thrive.”
The design is a direct response to the unique character of the South Bank. It will create a better place for people to work and visit, with new public realm that connects into the South Bank, riverfront cafes, a rooftop restaurant with outdoor terrace, all accessible to the general public.”
All images credited to Make Architects.
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About Grant Associates
Grant Associates is a pioneering international landscape architecture practice. Our work reconnects people with nature in insightful, delightful and distinctive ways whilst addressing the global challenges of urbanisation, the climate crisis and biodiversity extinction.
Our design process is underpinned by a knowledge of human behaviour, nature and ecological science combined with innovative design technology. We bring original thinking, creative collaboration and are exploring what regenerative design and the circular economy means to landscape architecture.
Our varied portfolio includes ambitious large-scale, landmark projects through to small, local ventures.