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SUMMARY OF OUR PROPOSALS

The buildings and land surrounding South Kensington station are in poor condition, requiring extensive improvements.

Our proposals will deliver a high-quality development with a renewed sense of place, along with new homes, on-site affordable housing, enhanced retail space and completing the delivery of step-free access to the Circle & District Line.

The development will deliver step-free access as part of a sensitive refurbishment to improve accessibility for all users, benefiting the wider community across RBKC.

OUR PROPOSALS AND THE STATION UPGRADE WORKS


South Kensington Illustrative View

The ticket hall and platforms of South Kensington Station already have planning consent for refurbishment, but this does not include consent for step-free access from Thurloe Street.

Our proposals will obtain the necessary planning consent to reconfigure the ground floor of Thurloe Street in order to provide much-needed step-free access. With that in mind, our proposals support the station upgrade plans as our work will deliver the step-free access from Thurloe Street to the ticket hall, as well as completing the delivery of step-free access from the ticket hall to the Circle & District Line.

In addition, our proposals will restore and enhance the station’s historic Arcade to create an arrival experience befitting the cultural quarter. Many of the retail spaces within the Arcade have been altered over the years without due regard to their heritage. Our sensitive refurbishment will restore the shop frontages to be in keeping with their historic style, while also ensuring the mlong-term integrity of the Arcade.

THURLOE STREET


Thurloe Street

We are proposing a complete and sympathetic renovation and reconfiguration to 20-34 Thurloe Street, restoring the historic façade and reinstating shopfronts to their original quality and design.

The existing interiors of this building are of very poor quality, having been extensively modified and sub-divided over the years. In order to provide high-quality homes of a range of sizes that meet modern standards, we are proposing to redevelop the building behind the restored façade.

Key features:

  • Delivery of step-free access to the Circle & District Line via new entrance to the station
  • Restoration of key heritage features
  • Improved retail frontage in line with historic designs
  • High-quality and curated retail offer
  • New housing designed to exceed current standards
  • Conservation architects, Julian Harrap Architects, appointed for all restoration works
  • Mansard design based upon local historic precedent
  • South elevation developed in response to historic contexts

THE BULLNOSE


The Bullnose

The proposals for the Bullnose have been developed as a response to the immediate context, reflecting the scale, materials and expression of the neighbouring buildings. The Bullnose will act as a landmark, distinguishing this important station and creating a sense of place at the entrance to the cultural quarter.

Through consultation, we have reduced the height of the Bullnose from five to four storeys, making it smaller than all of the surrounding buildings. At the ground floor, an enhanced retail offering will connect with the Arcade, maintaining the station at the heart of our proposals.

Key features:

  • Highly contextual architectural response to surrounding buildings
  • High quality curated retail at the ground floor
  • Provision of new commercial office space on the remaining floors
  • A building of outstanding quality framing the renovated station
  • We have reduced the height and resulting scale of the building
  • We have adapted the design and materiality to be more contextual
  • Restaurant use on the top floor removed
  • Further refined the eastern elevation to respond to local precedent

PELHAM STREET


Pelham Street

Our proposals will reinstate the two-sided terraced street with new residential terraces and commercial accommodation. The ground floor retail element is restricted to the western end of the street, adjacent to the station, with high-quality affordable housing to the eastern end.

The scale and materiality responds to the immediate context, reflecting the variation in height on the south side of the street, and we have selected materials that reflect the glazed tiles of the oxblood building at the western end before moving to a more contextual brick at the eastern end.

Key features:

  • High-quality affordable housing delivered onsite
  • Sensitive reinstatement of the north side of Pelham Street
  • Façades respond to the historic arrangement and materials
  • Repair of damage caused by previous railway works
  • Retail limited to the western end of Pelham Street
  • The terrace form has been broken into a series of articulated elements which are responsive to context
  • Ground floor residential units are configured as duplex units

THURLOE SQUARE


Thurloe Square

Our proposals will reconnect Thurloe Square and Pelham Place with a contextual design that reflects the architecture of Thurloe Square.

We have evolved these proposals significantly since our first exhibition so that the design better relates to existing Thurloe Square buildings, reflecting their lines, proportions and materials. We have introduced portico entrances, a raised ground floor and a recessed mansard to respond to the local context.

Key features:

  • Highly contextual architectural response
  • Repair of damage caused by railways in 1860s - reconnecting Pelham Place and Thurloe Square
  • Provision of high-quality residential accommodation
  • A building of outstanding quality completing the square
  • Well-designed and discrete emergency station Exit
  • Design responds to the heritage context
  • Contextual materiality showcases quality of the building and area
  • Porticos and entrances give active residential frontages
  • Upper mansard levels recessed with less window glazing