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04/03/2021

London council announces design team for regeneration scheme

Words: Laura Edgar
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Southwark Council has announced the appointment of a team of architects who will design plans to transform the Currys PC World site on Old Kent Road.

The design team was chosen using the council's new Architect Design Services Framework (ADSF).

Morris + Company, Weston Williamson + Partners, and West Portand all have prior experience of working in Southwark and will collaborate on the masterplanning project.

Their bid was supported by landscape architect BBUK, sustainability consultancy Greengage, which assisted with the social value commitments, and by Soundings with their community engagement work.

The mixed-use development will include the delivery of around 500 new homes, half of which will be council homes. The scheme forms part of the council’s programme to build 11,000 new council homes across the borough by 2042.

The also includes 5,000 square metres of commercial space and land which could be used for a new further education facility.

The site is currently occupied by Currys PC World and a B&M store, which was acquired by Southwark Council in 2019. The council want it to be net carbon-neutral.

Shaun Ihejetoh, director at West Port, said: “The next 10 to 15 years will see a lot of change in this part of Southwark. We look forward to helping shape a scheme that is responsive to local needs, embodies sustainable development principles and works with the wider regeneration masterplan of the area. The Old Kent Road embodies many things that make London unique: the buzz, the diversity and the potential of the area drew us to this project. Through sharing and building upon our existing knowledge and experiences with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups in the area we hope to help deliver a scheme that is made by and representative of the communities it will serve.”

Johnson Situ, cabinet member for climate emergency, planning and transport at Southwark Council, said: “Our vision for the Old Kent Road is to harness its unique character as London’s oldest thoroughfare to create a go-to destination, where our diverse communities can thrive, with the addition of new homes, business space, and quality open spaces.

“As part of our wider Old Kent Road plans, this new scheme is a fantastic opportunity to build council homes and continue our work to ensure that the people who design our homes better represent the rich diversity of the people who live in them.”

Public consultation on the scheme is expected to begin in 2022.

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