News 03.11.2021

Revised planning application submitted for Bankside Yards - Building 9

Gillespies has supported Stiff & Trevillion in submitting a revised planning application for the already consented Building 9, part of the £1 billion Bankside mixed-use development in London, for client Native Land.

The 1.4 million sq ft Bankside Yards project will open up a previously inaccessible area through extensive public realm improvements, connecting routes between Bankside and the South Bank for the first time in more than 100 years. The project will also be the UK’s first major regeneration project with zero emissions in operation.

Located on the former Sampson House site, the commercial building is one of five buildings within the Bankside Yards East development. The revised proposals will increase the building's height from eight storeys to 13 and also includes enhancements to the public realm.

The proposed public realm by Gillespies will create a network of walkable open spaces, forming a spatial hierarchy of green streets, intimate gardens and larger courtyards that will improve connectivity, boost biodiversity and encourage active and social experiences for residents, workers, and visitors. The proposals include opening up access to the southern portion of the Low Line through a distinctive pedestrian gateway and creating a 'green gateway' at the south end of Hopton Street, leading to Cumberland Place, an intimate garden nestled between Building 9 and the existing Titan House. The pocket garden will feature decorative stone paving, bespoke artwork, planters and seating clusters, encouraging people to linger.

The introduction of two rooftop terraces at Level 6 and 10 will afford tenants outdoor communal spaces, providing pockets of seating surrounded by raised planters with open views of the city and generous areas for socialising, events and exercise. The top two floors will be crowned with biodiverse living roofs, featuring a mixed mosaic of planting to boost local biodiversity.

The new pedestrianised new quarter with its green spaces, public art and cultural installations will offer residents, visitors and workers distinctive, engaging and healthy spaces to relax, socialise and get active.

Gillespies is the public realm and landscape designer for the entire £2.5bn mixed-use project, which was masterplanned by PLP.

Images: Stiff & Trevillion and Gillespies