High office block to sit on the attack train

Plans for a high-rise office block to be built on the site of the Vinegar Yard market next to London Bridge station have been changed after consultation.

The tower aims to be part of the Life Science & Innovation District around London Bridge, promoted by Guys Hospital and local councils, and the upper levels are expected to be mainly leased for medical research.

Proposed office tower (c) CIT / KPF architects

The lower floors are supposed to be the usual retail and cafe mix, but plans for an underground venue have been canceled following feedback from local residents who are concerned about noise.

However, an old warehouse building at the back of the site will be retained and transformed into a multifunctional meeting place. Sitting next to the Horseshoe Inn pub means it is likely to have fewer noise complaints. An advantage of removing the venue’s basement, which would have stretched under the sidewalk, is that they can plant larger trees on the corner of the lot where the venue would have gone.

Some modest design changes have been proposed to the main tower with additional planting on side balconies, and some commercial changes have also been proposed, such as offering affordable jobs to local businesses.

However, over time, the plans will see the market and food stalls at Vinegar Yard close. They were always meant to be a temporary feature of the area, although having been there for more years than originally thought, they feel more permanent now.

It will also mean the end of the train carriage being attacked by giant ants.

Tagged with: london bridge, southwark

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