Designs

Our proposals aim to sensitively repair and enhance the Grade-II listed station and surrounding area’s historic streets, providing new homes, shops and workspace, while also delivering a range of improvements for those living, working and visiting locally.

Aerial of South Kensington Station

NATIVE LAND AND TFL’S STATION ENHANCEMENT WORKS
Our proposals will deliver much-needed step-free access to the ticket hall and the District and Circle platforms via a new entrance on Thurloe Street, greatly improving accessibility for visitors to the station and London’s world-renowned museum quarter, particularly for wheelchair users, those with mobility issues, and parents with buggies.

Our plans will also restore the historic station arcade, allowing for new shops and eateries, and improve the main station entrances, enhancing the station experience for all users.

Station Capacity Upgrades

Additional Station Capacity Upgrade works are also being delivered by Transport for London alongside the JV’s Around Station Development and Station Enhancement proposals. These plans, designed by architect Weston Williamson + Partners, were granted planning consent in January 2018.

The works include:

  • A new dedicated platform for eastbound District and Circle line services
  • A canopy over the new platform designed to complement the historic retaining wall
  • A new staircase between the ticket hall and new platform
  • A larger, more spacious ticket hall with more gates and ticketing facilities

South Kensington Station Exterior CGI

South Kensington Station Interior CGI

AROUND THE STATION
These important enhancements will be delivered as part of a high-quality contemporary development, which respects its unique historical context and renews South Kensington’s sense of place. Our proposals, designed by award-winning architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, include around 40 additional homes, including affordable homes, a range of new shops, restaurants and workspaces.

View of The Bullnose From Onslow

The ‘Bullnose’
The plans also propose the development of a carefully crafted building adjacent to the station entrances that will serve as a refined landmark for the station. The proposed five-storey building will provide workspace, restaurants and shops, creating jobs and giving the station area a renewed sense of place.

The Bullnose Illustration

The design of the new ‘Bullnose’ building, referred to as such because of its unique shape at the front of the station, is informed by the initial nineteenth century vision for the site, which structural drawings show was originally designed to accommodate several floors.

The proposed building will be contemporary in style, but sympathetic to its context, mirroring the distinct curved shape of the Bullnose and utilising the iconic signage from above the arcade entrance across the new retail units.

Pelham Street
The proposals also include the provision of a number of new homes around the station, including along the station side of Pelham Street, reinstating the historic row of buildings that existed there previously.

Our aim is to respect the residential feel of this street, while still allowing for the historic uses to be restored closer to the station. The eastern end of the street, close to the station, will provide a mix of high-quality homes, offices and ground-floor retail space, while the western end of the street will prioritise residential units with ground floor units that are focused on health and wellbeing. The homes will include affordable housing.

The buildings will be four storeys, respecting the heights of existing buildings on Pelham Street, which range from three to nine storeys. The top storey is set back, and units to the east end of the street draw on the vibrant ‘oxblood’ colour of the station.

Pelham Street CGI

Thurloe Street
Also included in the plans is the upgrading of the building along Thurloe Street to the north of the station, with the provision of new homes behind the historic Regency façade.

Thurloe Street CGI

While the exterior of the existing buildings are fine examples of heritage architecture, the current condition of the internal apartments is very poor. Small rooms do not provide adequate living spaces and do not meet modern standards, with low ceilings, tight staircases and unacceptable standards of accessibility.

Our proposals allow for the retention of the much-loved façade and the replacement of the current apartments with high-quality homes designed and built to modern standards.

This building will also provide an enhanced retail offer at street level, as well as step-free access into the upgraded station.

Thurloe Square
In the 19th century, Thurloe Square was the site of fashionable townhouses, which lined the road up to the corner of Pelham Street. As part of railway improvements to connect South Kensington to central London, some of these homes were demolished. As a result, there is an abrupt gap where the current line of buildings end, with a builders’ yard and wall filling the land and overlooking the station.

Thurloe Square CGI

We are proposing to deliver a high quality residential building in Thurloe Square to repair this gap in the streetscape, providing new homes and reconnecting Thurloe Square with Pelham Street. The building will be designed to respect the surrounding buildings and will be of a similar scale.