Our Plans

We held our first phase of public consultation on Colechurch House in early summer 2020, followed by the second phase of consultation in October 2020. We are grateful for all the feedback we received, which has helped inform the proposals.

On this page we set out how we are approaching the design for different elements of the site.

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The Park

Lifting the building up will allow us to create a significant new public park at street level. This area will be brought to life with a lush green park that includes diverse planting, trees, green wall, a water feature and art installations created by local artists to celebrate the history and creativity within Southwark.

The park will include three distinct characters inspired by history and the needs of the local community, tourists and commuters. This includes Bridge Gate square, Old London Bridge park and St Olaf Square.

St. Olaf Square

The Morning Square, a quieter space within an orchard, celebrates the existing iconic and heritage assets on the site, St Olaf’s House and London Bridge. The Morning Square will host a display of history-themed public art works that tell the story of London Bridge, the River and Southwark.

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St Olaf House
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park

Old London Bridge Park

This celebrates the Old London Bridge, the southern gateway to the city and historic meeting place, a new publicly accessible green park is proposed as the centrepiece of Colechurch House. Old London Bridge Park will be a place for meeting. During the day, where workers catch up over lunch, or in the evening a meeting place on the way to London Bridge Station, with seating and small café or bars.

Bridge Gate

The Evening Square acts as a gateway to the City of London. This is significant as it was not only a gateway to Southwark, but also to the southern counties and ultimately, mainland Europe. We celebrate this historic significance by designating the public space as a new destination hub for the evening economy, arts, culture, and night life.

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tooley st

Activating Tooley St

Our proposals will activate Tooley Street through a variety of functions including a grocer, restaurant, theatre, and affordable workspace. Widening of pedestrian crossings and footways along Tooley Street and Duke Street Hill will provide an enhanced pedestrian experience around London Bridge. A new access route will open up through the park between Tooley St and Duke Street Hill, helping to improve  connectivity.

Pioneering office buildings

The office buildings will be staggered in height ranging from 12 to 22 storeys. A slender design that’s in-keeping with the surrounding area and uses the latest technology in construction and sustainability.

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Building
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Building

Net-zero carbon development  

In line with our ambition for a net-zero carbon development, the buildings have a number of sustainability measures incorporated including on site green energy generation, optimised façade to reduce energy consumtion, natural ventiliation, vacuumed drainage used in toilets to conserve water and a number of other measures.

To find out more you can watch a presentation from the sustainability consultations SWECO.

Viewing terrace and winter gardens

The top-floor of the building next to London Bridge will host a new restaurant with an open terrace and spectacular views across to the City of London. Each floor of the building will include a winter garden, a covered area for office tenants to relax and work.

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southwark playhouse

A new home for Southwark Playhouse

Developed in consultation with Southwark Playhouse and located on Tooley Street, Colechurch House offers an exciting new bespoke home for the theatre, bringing it back home to London Bridge where it originally began.

The theatre will have two venues of different capacities, 250 people for the main theatre and 150 for the second theatre where both are proposed to have flexible configuration.

In addition to the performance spaces, the theatre will also integrate a restaurant on the upper level adjacent to the Theatre Foyer.

Enhanced retail and leisure offer at lower-ground level

The development will include five-levels of basement with the provision of restaurant or café, a retail unit, a gym, preformace spaces for Southwark Playhouse and bar at ground level, creating an enhanced leisure offer for the local area, whilst achieving active frontages along Duke Street Hill and Tooley Street.

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cycle stacker

Innovative cycle stacker

The proposed development will deliver 797 secure cycle parking spaces at basement level and within an automated cycle store. The proposed automated cycle store will provide an innovative and progressive approach to cycle parking which is secure, easy to use with a contemporary design. 

Social Impact

It is important to us that this site gives back to the local community. We are exploring five ways we can contribute.

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More London
Good Work

Good employment opportunities for local people

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Heathier life
Healthier Life

Providing public space & opportunities for recreation

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Community
Culture & Community

A theatre and curated programme of activities that contribute to the cultural district

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Kiosk
Local Treasures

Keeping useful shops and space for valued Southwark organisations

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Place to belong
A Place To Belong

Space that creates links in communities in Bermondsey