Southwark Fire Station site granted approval
Significant scheme encompassing residential, education and community buildings in the London Borough of Southwark
05 February 2018
ColladoCollins have secured planning for the redevelopment of the former Southwark Fire Station and Grotto site in Southwark. The significant development will create 199 residential homes, a 900-place secondary school plus a 250-place sixth form, as well as a sports hall and outdoor community green space, in an area where there is an increasing demand for housing, educational and community facilities.
The plans involve the refurbishment of the Grade II listed former fire station built in 1777 alongside the development of a ten-storey residential building. This element of the scheme will provide a variety of one, two and three-bedroom homes and 300 sq m of flexible commercial or community-use space, which will front Southwark Bridge Road.
A new 10,500 sq m secondary school with a sixth form, designed by Peter Taylor Associates, will address a key demand from the local community for new education facilities. The first phase of the school is planned to open in September 2019. Winchester House, another Grade II listed property on the grounds, will be restored and used as a part of the new school building.
On the adjacent Grotto site, a green space and 1,300 sq m sports centre with a multi-use games area and outdoor artificial pitch for use by both the school and local community also form part of the proposal.
Across the whole project, a unified material palette has been proposed to create a cohesive scheme that fits with the historical significance of the area. The landscape strategy will encourage biodiversity and will link the sites, creating outdoor learning areas for the school, as well as new public realm for the residents and local community to enjoy.
This project brings a prime site back into active use, creating a new comprehensive development that brings together all facets of community around shared buildings and public realm. Importantly, it also ensures the protection of, and will enhance, the listed buildings in the area, which is steeped in history and architectural heritage.”