The tower is raised 9m above concourse level, and 16m above St Thomas Street, creating new public space with two retail kiosks, public seating and landscaping. This creates a south facing balcony overlooking St Thomas Street. Above this, is the 26 storey, 15,000m2 residential tower will contain 148 apartments.
A public stair will connect the two levels bringing a sense of pleasure to moving through and around the site. Clear sight lines will provide a sense of way finding, helping pedestrians navigate through London Bridge. The stair will mark the entrance to Guy’s Quad, which is proposed to become public space and home to the Science Gallery museum.
The apartment building is highly sustainable and will be designed to meet both Code for Sustainable Homes 4 and Breeam Excellent. Apartments will be naturally ventilated with whole house ventilation and all apartments will benefit from either multiple aspect or duplex configurations.
Private amenity space for residents is provided with single glazed winter gardens, naturally heated and cooled spaces, able to be used year round. Communal amenity space is provided in the form of a resident’s garden located on level 16, a south facing space serving as a meeting space for residents together with a children’s play area.
On the 4th November, the project was unanimously approved by Southwark at planning committee. Construction is due to commence early in 2016.