London Square Bermondsey has launched – creating a vibrant new neighbourhood and a fresh beat to the heart and soul of SE1, one of the capital’s most fashionable districts and rated as the best place to live in London.
Award-winning developer London Square is delivering a major new neighbourhood to live and work that reflects the area’s unique blend of quirky old and new, arts and culture, artisanal and authentic, where people flock to highly rated independent restaurants and celebrate with Bermondsey craft gin and beer. This new community will transform the 4.7acre former industrial site, once home to a tannery and food producers Crosse & Blackwell, who made their famous Branston Pickle there.
Bermondsey was chosen as the top place in London in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live in the UK 2018 Guide, epitomising the urban good life as: “It’s happening, central and fun.”
Stirling Prize-winning architects AHMM produced the overall masterplan for London Square Bermondsey, designed to capture the spirit of the district. The development comprises a collection of 406 homes, both private and affordable, flexible workspaces for small businesses and start-ups, contemporary art studios and gallery space in a collection of heritage and contemporary buildings, with garden squares, attractive landscaping and walkways connecting to the surrounding streets.
London Square has launched the first phase of the £220m regeneration, The Tannery, designed by Coffey Architects. This comprises a striking new building, and the restoration and conversion of the original Tannery building, which dates from the 1920s and is a fine example of industrial architecture. It will also provide new premises for Tannery Arts, an independent charity based in Bermondsey since 1993, which nurtures new artists and makes contemporary art accessible to the public through exhibitions and educational projects.
The original Tannery building has now begun a new chapter, with warehouse style one and two-bedroom apartments and a two-bedroom duplex, which retain the original character of the old tannery, combined with first-class contemporary specification. The interior spaces have been configured with Siematic kitchens with butler-style sinks and Siemens appliances, opening on to living and dining areas reflecting the industrial vibe, with black window frames and sliding lighting tracks creating a dramatic contrast with the bright, white interiors and timber flooring.
London Square Bermondsey is the showcase scheme in a major regeneration plan for this part of London, set to bring thousands of new homes, schools, jobs, parks, public areas and two new tube stations for the Bakerloo Line extension. Bermondsey Street is close by, where fashionable bars, restaurants, the iconic White Cube art gallery, the Fashion and Textile Museum, and independent shops can be found in spectacular, restored former industrial buildings. Borough Market, London’s famous food and drink market, noted for its specialist British and international produce, is a short walk away.