South Bank Tower - Southwark, London

Kohn Pedersen Fox
Date Built
Completed 2015
Stamford Street, Southwark
What might appear to be a new tower block on Stamford Street in Southwark is in fact a reconstruction and refurbishment of Richard Seifert's King's Reach Tower built in the 1970s.  The architects of this project say that the vision for the development is, "... a simple retained structure which does not erase the memory of the 1970s building but adds a new layer of renewal and adaption. .....

..... The treatment of the facades and variety in the use of materials finely accentuates the verticality of the building but also successfully combines concrete, glass, light metal and warm wood to define spaces and create intimacy. Spaces otherwise unrealised, such as that between the tower and podium, become ‘active internal rooms’ that provide access and vertical circulation to the office cluster.

The tower and the associated podium building were stripped back to the basic frame and 11 floors were added to the tower raising it to a height of 111 metres.  Once completed the development will become a mixed use facility offering 191 luxury apartments, 220,000 sq. ft. of office space and 36,000 sq. ft. of retail space.

The Mace Group website says that, "... South Bank Tower is a majestic architectural statement, built in the Modernist tradition of clean lines, unadorned finishes and light-flooded rooms. .... Glass is the core material of this exceptional building, with windows that stretch from floor to ceiling in every apartment, including the double height spaces of the duplex penthouses. This is a building that celebrates light and that makes the spectacular skyline a feature of every home."


Images taken during the construction phase.

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