Landmark Court, a 1.7-acre derelict site, is a rare opportunity to transform a vacant site, rich in history and local folklore, right in the heart of Bankside.
U+I were appointed by land owners Transport for London (TfL), in May 2017 to deliver a mixed-used development for this £200 million public private partnership project. Working together in partnership, U+I and TfL, plan to transform the site near Borough Market, from an under-utilised space to a local cultural and social hub where people will want to live, work and visit, providing new jobs and new housing in Southwark.
The site, which sits between Southwark Street, Redcross Way and Union Street, has the potential to deliver around 215,000 sq. ft. of new office space, plus shops, restaurants, cafes, flexible workspace and 35 new homes. Landmark Court is expected to create up to 1,500 new jobs and deliver over 35 per cent affordable housing including eight homes for social rent and a further four homes for discount sale.
It is also adjoined by Crossbones Graveyard, a post-medieval burial ground, which is home to a garden of remembrance. Crossbones Graveyard is tended by The Friends of Crossbones on behalf of Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) and TfL. TfL and U+I will continue to work with The Friends of Crossbones and BOST to safeguard Crossbones as a memorial garden. Through this partnership, we hope to protect the rich history of this unique memorial, as well as enhance it for the community and future visitors.
New pedestrian routes through the site will reinstate some of the medieval yards and lanes of historic Southwark, an approach strongly supported during public consultation. These lanes will be lined with the shops, cafes, restaurants and market stalls to bring activity during daytime and the evening. Smaller retail units have also been included as part of the proposals to encourage small independent traders - a key local priority.
The scheme has been designed by local architects Allies and Morrison, as a varied collection of contemporary brick buildings, sensitive to the scale of their surroundings and full of references to the Victorian industrial and commercial architecture of the area. 15 Southwark Street will also be restored as part of the development.
The planning application for Landmark Court was submitted in March 2019, following nine months of detailed consultation with the Council, local residents, businesses and community groups. If planning permission is granted, work is expected to start on site in 2020.