About the Project

South Kensington Station, located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is one of the busiest stations on the London Underground, welcoming around 34 million passengers a year to the area, which includes London’s world-famous museum quarter.

Transport for London (TfL) is committed to delivering much-needed improvements to the 150-year old station through a programme of sensitive upgrades, including providing step-free access.

This development programme also involves improving the properties around the station. In 2018, TfL appointed developer Native Land as its preferred development partner to carry out the work.

The project represents an opportunity to create an exemplary modern station within a high quality contemporary development, which respects its historical context and renews South Kensington’s sense of place.

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