Thank you for providing feedback on the proposals for Colechurch House. We have worked closely with residents, community organisations and LB Southwark to deliver a scheme that benefits the community, respects the environment and regenerates an important gateway to the City and Southwark.

You can read about how you have influenced the proposals below. Help make this scheme a reality by submitting your comments on Southwark's Planning Portal using the link below. 

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In response to feedback

Reduction in Height 

In response to feedback from local residents and Southwark Council, we have reduced the height of the building from 31 to 22 storeys.

Public Park 

We have worked closely with BOST to create a green park with trees and diverse planting. Foster and Partners have considered the lighting and soil conditions of this space carefully to ensure the planting can thrive.

Consultee wanted the park to be well-managed and secure and retain a ‘public feel’. Whilst Southwark Council wanted to use the space for regular events throughout the year, from winter light displays to pop-up events during the summer. It is also important to make the park accessible for all. We hope to deliver a community park, which supports these ambitions.

Cycle Parking

Colechurch House will deliver an innovative cycle stacker and cycle infrastructure that is supported by Southwark Cyclists.

Green building

Our aspirations for the development support those of Southwark Council, the local community and the future occupiers of the scheme. We want to deliver a pioneering green building that sets the benchmark for sustainable developments in London. Find out more.

Activating Tooley St 

Currently, Tooley St is used for servicing and deliveries. We have worked closely with Southwark Council and local community groups to enliven Tooley St with retail, entrance to the park and route through to the river.

Affordable Workspace 

We will provide 606 sqm of affordable workspace, which is secured by way of planning condition and obligation. Southwark Playhouse will benefit from 1,768 sqm of workspace, alongside a retail kiosk that is also designated as affordable.

Southwark Needle Gateway

Southwark Council and local stakeholders noted the importance of the monument, for example after the London Bridge terrorist attacks in 2019, and asked us to preserve and enhance the monument as part of the proposals. The memorial will be conserved and local artists will contribute towards monuments within the park.

Consolidated Servicing 

Servicing and deliveries will be consolidated offsite to minimise traffic congestion and disruption to our site neighbours and residents residing near Colechurch House. 

Footbridge removal

Through in-depth consultation and modelling we have figured out a safe and effective way to remove the footbridge and bring pedestrians down to street level at Duke St Hill and Tooley St, helping to enliven the area. We have support from local political and community stakeholders and we hope to make this a reality through continued consultation with local people.  


We have submitted the application to Southwark Council and they are undertaking their community consultation. The timeline below shows the completed and upcoming stages of the project.

October 2019
CIT acquires Colechurch House

CIT is granted a new long leasehold interest from the City of London for this unique site at London Bridge, and appoints Foster + Partners to bring forward proposals for a landmark redevelopment.

November 2019
Foster + Partners appointed to design a scheme

The Colechurch project will be the new front door to London Bridge and needed an architect to who can do justice to the importance of the site. Foster + Partners is a global studio for sustainable architecture, engineering, urbanism and industrial design with a worldwide reputation.

December 2019 to April 2020
Architectural options being explored

We are committed to genuine and thorough public consultation. That means being honest about what can and cannot be done on this site and where the opportunities are for you to get involved. We spent some time working on ideas and testing these with Southwark Council. We expect these ideas to change a lot more before a planning application can be submitted.

June 2020
First public consultation

The first phase of public consultation starts in June 2020, to understand the priorities of the community for the ground floor and public realm around Colechurch House.

June onwards 2020
Community workshops

We will be hosting a series of community workshops to develop our ideas for the site.

October 2020
Second public consultation

All feedback received from the first phase of the consultation will be carefully considered, and a more detailed set of proposals will be developed and shared at our second phase of consultation.

October 2020
Consideration of feedback

The project team will review all feedback received to date ahead of finalising the planning application.

November - December 2020
Planning application submitted

Once the proposals are finalised, a planning application will be submitted to the London Borough of Southwark for their consideration. We will tell local people about the submission and share details of the plans on the website. 

Earliest date for a decision

Southwark Council will review our planning application and take a decision on whether the plans can go ahead.