TfL picks Native Land for South Ken tube station revamp

Aaron Morby 6 years ago
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Transport for London has chosen Native Land to develop land around South Kensington Tube station.

TfL plans to improve the commercial and retail units of the station and refurbish the four storey buildings at 20-34 Thurloe Street.

TfL is planning a major overhaul of South Kensington Underground Station and surrounding properties
TfL is planning a major overhaul of South Kensington Underground Station and surrounding properties

Subject to contracts, TfL will now work with Native Land and preferred architect Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, to develop proposals for the site.

The development including step-free access to the District and Circle line could be complete in 2022.

Plans also include the potential to build an extra storey on the distinctive Bullnose building and create new opportunities along TfL’s stretch of land on Pelham Street.

The site also includes the main station entrances through the Grade II listed shopping arcade, which will be restored to its original state, and a second entrance via a Grade II listed pedestrian subway.

This should release vital funds to provide step-free access to the District and Circle line via a new station entrance on Thurloe Street.

The scheme will also improve access to the pedestrian subway leading to local destinations including the Science Museum, Imperial College, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

In January 2018, TfL was granted Listed Building Consent by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, for proposals to upgrade South Kensington station.

Designed by architects Weston Williamson, the upgrade work will include rebuilding a new eastbound District and Circle line platform, and expanding the ticket hall and gate line to facilitate quicker journeys for passengers. This work is due to start in spring.

 

 

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