July-October 2009 In this Issue
Keeping you informed of developments in Bankside
A New Riverwalk Station for the South Bank Landmark Residential Scheme for Bankside’s Cultural Quarter Tate Modern Plans set Benchmark for the 21st Century New Globe Education and Rehearsal Centre for Shakespeare’s Globe
Cover image: NEO Bankside. Photo: Ben Phillips
Disparate Dan Meet the People Behind the Schemes
Plus Projects Matrix and Map
Behind the Schemes
Disparate Dan - A Man with Fingers in Many Pies dbrief Quarterly introduces you to some of the people who are changing the face of London Bridge and Bankside. We meet Dan Taylor, Senior Regeneration Officer at Southwark Council, where a joined-up approach is already paying dividends. It seems that everyone working in the development of Bankside and London Bridge knows Dan Taylor. And that’s the way he likes it. Dan manages the council-wide development team set up in December 2008 to lead regeneration in the area by smoothing the development process and protecting the amenity of the local community. By liaising between the various people involved in the design and construction of the schemes the development team aims to provide a ‘one stop shop’, with officers available to
discuss proposals and become a part of the for Citizenship, Equalities and Communities project team alongside the developer, builder, Adele Morris is pleased that new tools are and architect. The being developed to keep council’s expertise residents informed on Instead of meeting in council includes development activity in their areas: management, building “The aim is to reach offices, the officers go out oncontrol, economic and engage with as site, meeting and involving development, public many local residents and protection and local businesses and residents businesses as we can to enforcement services, keep them informed of public realm network management and area construction activity in Bankside and London management services. The team is proud of Bridge. The e-bulletin goes out to thousands of its innovative working: instead of meeting residents and workers every month.” in council offices, the officers go out on-site, meeting and involving local businesses and The development team has already delivered residents so that problems are highlighted an interactive project map of construction and at an early stage. Acting as a main point of infrastructure projects on Southwark Council’s contact the team coordinates activity and website but they have many more ambitions for solves problems as they arise. the coming year, including holding a number of public events in the autumn. Des Waters, Head of Public Realm at Southwark Council and responsible for setting up the team If you haven’t met Dan yet, look out for him at is pleased with early progress: “Our approach an event soon, or contact him on has meant that we’ve been able to assist in firstname.lastname@example.org resolving design issues related to the Shard early on, we’ve helped developers start their To use the interactive map, follow the links construction works onsite at NEO Bankside from the London Bridge and Bankside and won a new contract for the building control Development Team page on southwark.gov.uk department.” The next edition will be out in the Autumn The dbrief publications are central to this - in the meantime keep up-to-date with coordinated approach and resulted from close developments by signing up for dbrief work with partners Better Bankside and Team Monthly on www.betterbankside.co.uk/ London Bridge Business Improvement Districts. development Local ward councillor and Executive Member
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Welcome to dbrief Quarterly
In the next five years Bankside and London Bridge will be transformed.
dbrief Quarterly is a unique collaboration by these groundbreaking schemes working together with Southwark Council and Business Improvement Districts Better Bankside and Team London Bridge. Here you can find out how these exciting developments will make this area a better place to live, work and visit – all in one newsletter. We will show you how the new buildings will look and meet some of the people who are making this transformation happen.
Photo: Dan Taylor
More than 15 development schemes representing £4billion of investment will generate 4,500 construction jobs and 15,000 permanent jobs. The variety of these exciting developments will also be measured in superlatives – the country’s tallest building, the first railway station spanning a river, an extension to the city’s most iconic art gallery, new education facilities for the nation’s most historic theatre, as well as dramatic new homes, offices, shops and hotels designed by leading international architects. Of course development on this scale isn’t easy. As well as bringing great benefits to the area the development activity will inevitably cause some disruption to day-to-day life. We are intent on helping the process go as smoothly as possible. We work with the institutions and developers involved to keep our local residents and businesses regularly updated on activities at these developments, and each month you can receive our online bulletin dbrief Monthly delivered directly to your inbox.
In future editions we will delve more deeply into some of the exciting opportunities of the future including exploring how new construction methods can help the environment and meeting some of the people who are working on the construction of these schemes.
This first edition is an opportunity to give you an overview of four major projects – Blackfriars Station, NEO Bankside, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe. The matrix shows at a glance the schedule for this transformation and the map shows you where they all are.
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Landmark Residential Scheme
For Bankside’s Cultural Quarter One of the most eagerly awaited residential developments in London is taking shape next to Tate Modern, after award-winning developers Native Land and Grosvenor started work in January this year on NEO Bankside. NEO Bankside, designed by renowned architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, is a new world-class residential scheme overlooking the River Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral. It includes 197 luxury homes arranged over four state-of-the-art pavilions, set among a richly landscaped garden. The pavilions vary in
height from twelve to twenty-four storeys and design creates a series of groves as well as offer one, two and three bedroom apartments a pocket park, which establishes a strong in addition to prestigious duplex penthouses – relationship with the area of green space all within easy walking around the neighbouring £1.1m is being provided distance of the City and Hopton Street Almshouses. West End. Sustainability is high on towards local education, the NEO Bankside agenda, training and employment and with features including Situated in a unique location within London’s a combined heating and local healthcare provision. ribbon of culture, NEO power plant, ground source Bankside puts the benefits of the South Bank on heat pumps for central heating and cooling and the doorstep of its residents, from Tate Modern solar water heating from roof panels. When and Shakespeare’s Globe to the Southbank completed, it is estimated that around 10 per Centre and Borough Market. cent of the scheme’s energy will come from sustainable sources. Work on the first phase of the £130 million construction programme continues apace Once completed, NEO Bankside will set a new with completion of the whole development in standard for quality residences and service in 2012. £1.1m is being provided to Southwark this vibrant London location, now included by Council that will go towards local education, Knight Frank in their Prime Central London training and employment and local healthcare market index. provision. In addition to premium residences, the development will also incorporate 11,000 sq Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native ft of prime retail space and a significant amount Land, said, “NEO Bankside will offer an of social housing. unrivalled lifestyle and a range of community benefits, at the heart of London’s most exciting NEO Bankside’s design also has a strong cultural quarter. Bankside continues to evolve, emphasis on improving the public realm, with developments like the Tate Modern integrating the development into the wider extension and the new South Bank access to Bankside cultural quarter and creating Blackfriars station, and NEO Bankside is a key significant new public space. The landscape ingredient in this evolution.” In the next edition of dbrief Quarterly we will be examining the future of the Hopton Street site, which after being used for site offices and marketing will be handed over to Tate Modern and landscaped as public space for Bankside residents and visitors. The sales and marketing of NEO Bankside will be launchesd in Spring 2010. For further enquiries and to register interest please contact Native Land Sales on 020 7349 7228.
A New Riverwalk Station
Part of the exciting £350m complete redevelopment of Blackfriars, which involves the construction of the first station in the UK to span a river, the south station will feature a glazed entrance area with shops and ticket facilities, provide entry to new station platforms and give passengers direct access to key local attractions on the South Bank including Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe.
Major work will soon begin on the South Bank, as Network Rail builds the first new rail station in the area for over 120 years.
The landmark Blackfriars station redevelopment is scheduled for completion in late 2011 and plays a vital role in the wider £5.5bn congestion-busting Thameslink Programme. Work at Blackfriars will help increase capacity and frequency on one of London’s busiest and fastest growing passenger routes, by upgrading a crucial railway artery running through London from St Pancras in the north to Blackfriars and London Bridge in the south. The upgrade will reduce pressure on key London Underground services by significantly increasing the number of rail services between Brighton and Bedford, and
For the South Bank
The distinctive Blackfriars south station will be built at the base of the existing rail bridge on the Thames Path and is not without its construction challenges. For Network Rail the challenges include working above and near a fast-flowing river, the age of the existing base structure, the need to keep the railway running and the importance of ensuring site safety.
by expanding the existing Thameslink network to include extra stations that will allow trains to travel direct to more destinations (e.g. Cambridge to Gatwick Airport). Blackfriars is one of three central London stations on the Thameslink route that are undergoing major reconstruction. Together with London Bridge and Farringdon, the investment at Blackfriars will improve passenger experience and help stimulate wider regeneration in these areas. For further information about the Blackfriars station redevelopment, please visit www. networkrail.co.uk or contact the Network Rail National Helpline on 08457 11 41 41. Did You Know? Blackfriars (road) Bridge was only the third bridge to be built across the Thames. The present one dates from 1869 but an earlier one, William Pitt Bridge, had been built a century earlier. From the road bridge you can see the rail bridge and the piers of another – both were built for the London, Chatham and Dover Railway. The dismantled one was the first rail bridge across the Thames.
Tate Modern 2
The revised building also sets new benchmarks for museums and galleries in the UK in sustainability and energy use. By exploiting waste heat emitted from EDFE’s relocated transformers and employing passive design principles wherever practicable the scheme will use 54% less energy, and emit 44% less carbon, than building regulations demand. As part of the concern to try to minimise the carbon footprint of the new development, investigations are also being carried out into whether groundwater cooling would be possible. Groundwater cooling is considered a renewable form of energy as it is more efficient than traditional cooling methods and boreholes have been drilled into the river terrace gravels to test whether the site is suitable.
Set Benchmark for 21st Century
Revised plans for the development of Tate Modern, granted planning permission by Southwark Council in the spring, will create “one of the most exciting cultural buildings in Europe, which will bring direct benefits to Southwark and London as a whole” says Tate Director Nicholas Serota.
Tate Modern site and surrounding areas, has been developed by a design team led by architects Herzog & de Meuron. In consultation Southwark Council with artists and commended the revised curators they have The revised plans opens up a plans: “The proposed created a dramatic new north-south route from the new building will be an new museum for the extraordinary and unique 21st century. The Millennium Bridge through the addition to London’s revised plans aim to townscape. There have building to Southwark. integrate the new already been great structure with the regeneration benefits for existing building and to contribute to the local the area following the opening of Tate Modern environment by opening up a new north-south at Bankside. It is anticipated that Tate Modern route from the Millennium Bridge through 2 will further contribute to, and form the focus the building to Southwark. This integration is for, the future regeneration of this area. The expressed in a façade which echoes that of the application can be strongly recommended for original power station but which uses brick in a approval.” radical new way, by creating a perforated brick lattice through which the building will glow in The project is due to be completed in 2012 at the evening. The building is more compact than an estimated cost of £215 million at 2012 prices. in the previous scheme and the configuration To date Tate has raised £74 million, which is more flexible to allow for future changes in represents a third of the overall costs. the programme. At the heart of the new plans are the unique oil tanks of the former power Contact Synthia Griffin on 020 7401 5176, or station, which will be retained as raw spaces email Synthia.Griffin@tate.org.uk for art.
Originally designed for up to 2 million visitors a year, the hugely successful Tate Modern now sees visitor numbers reaching up to 5 million annually. Strain on the existing building has also come from changes in contemporary art practice that require different kinds of spaces and a desire to bring more works out of storage to be shown permanently. Over the past two and a half years the project Transforming Tate Modern, aimed at establishing the full potential of the entire
Tate Modern’s unique oil tanks will be retained as raw spaces for art
New Globe Education and Rehearsal Centre
Globe project. The promotion of theatre-based approaches to the teaching and enjoyment of Shakespeare’s plays was always part of his vision.
Southwark Council agreed to sell the building to Shakespeare’s Globe because of this cultural and educational work.
For Shakespeare’s Globe
One of Bankside’s most historic landmarks has announced visionary plans for the future.
Rehearsal Centre will give us a bespoke home in Southwark for Southwark and will enable us to develop projects with families and two new Southwark Youth Theatre groups.”
As part of its project ‘The Second Stage’, Sam Wanamaker’s daughter, Zoë Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe is embarking on a £6 visited the site recently and said, “It is a million capital scheme to develop a Globe significant moment to see more of my father’s Education and Rehearsal Centre. In the most dream become a reality. The Globe Education important theatre area of the world, next to and Rehearsal Centre will be a state-of-the-art the sites of the Rose and Hope Theatres, it will home to equal the quality provide Globe Education with a base to develop its The 58 Park Street site was the of the education work here.” pioneering programme original warehouse space in founded 8 years before Spottiswoode, the Globe Theatre which Sam Wanamaker began Patrick Director of Globe opened. developing his ideas for the Education said, “Sam always wanted the Construction work has Globe project. Globe to be rooted in its begun to transform the community of Southwark Victorian building on and to be a resource for the community. For the corner of Bear Gardens and Park Street 20 years, Globe Education has been working into four floors of inspiring education and with Southwark teachers and students from rehearsal space. This site, 58 Park Street, was Early Years to primary, secondary and further the original warehouse space in which Sam education. The new Globe Education and Wanamaker began developing his ideas for the
Cllr Tim McNally, Southwark Council Executive Member for Resources, said, “It is amazing to witness years of hard work come to fruition. As a council it’s never been more important that we make the right decisions when it comes to retaining or selling our buildings. In the case of the Globe I think anyone would argue that this sale can only be good for the borough. The Globe is a major cultural landmark and it is great to think that we have played a part in helping it expand and reach out to the community in new and exciting ways.” The new Globe Education and Rehearsal Centre is due for completion in late Spring 2010. In future editions of dbrief Quarterly we will follow its progress, exploring the facilities it will provide for both students and theatre practitioners as well as exploring the Globe’s wider vision for the ‘Second Stage’. This includes a faithfully reconstructed 17th century indoor theatre built to designs similar to those for Blackfriars Theatre where Shakespeare’s company performed in the winter. More information on the campaign can be found at shakespeares-globe.org/ thesecondstage