About the Project

Our proposals, designed by Stirling Prize-winning architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and by historic building specialist Julian Harrap Architects, have been carefully considered in order to respect, and respond to, the unique and important heritage of the area.

The proposals aim to:

  • Sensitively repair and enhance the Grade-II listed South Kensington station, restoring the historic arcade to its former glory, providing new curated retail opportunities
  • Provide step free access to the ticket hall and complete the delivery of step free access to the District and Circle line platforms, as well providing better accessibility into the pedestrian tunnel from the station. This will improve access for wheelchair users, parents with buggies and other passengers with mobility issues. The step-free access is provided through the redevelopment of the buildings that surround the station, with a new entrance provided on Thurloe Street
  • Incorporate 50 homes around the station, including 35% on-site affordable, in high quality buildings that have been designed to sensitively respond to their context
  • Develop a finely crafted building at the front of the station, referred to as ‘The Bullnose’ because of its unique shape, that will give the station area an enhanced presence at the heart of South Kensington. Following earlier public consultation, the height of the proposed building has been reduced from five storeys to four. The ground floor will provide retail opportunities, while the upper levels offer workspace.

The key aims

  • Giving South Kensington a renewed sense of place, creating a building of significant local importance at The Bullnose along with a mix of homes, employment, and enhanced retail
  • Transforming the station arrival to provide a safe, accessible and convenient user experience for all, including residents and visitors, wheel-chair users, those with mobility issues, and parents with buggies
  • Restoring the historic arcade to complement the fine heritage features of the Grade II listed station and providing new and more appropriate shops and restaurants, carefully curated to include quality independent retail operators
  • Sensitively repairing the historic streetscape around the station after more than a century of inappropriate interventions, with high quality architecture and a scale and massing sympathetic to the context