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Sunday20 August 2017

Piercy bags planning for Southwark office scheme

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Bronze blocks set to replace 80s structures near Tate Modern

Piercy & Company has won planning permission for two new office buildings with bronze-anodised aluminium façades on a site close to London’s Tate Modern art gallery.

Its 19,900 sq m scheme for developer Land Securities will replace a 1980s warehouse and an office building on a site bounded by Sumner Street and Park Street in Southwark’s Bankside district.

The new buildings, which range in height from five to 10 storeys, are arranged around a courtyard.

Piercy & Company director Stuart Piercy said that although masonry and Victorian warehouses dominated the streetscape of Southwark, the practice had been inspired by the steel and iron structures that housed spaces like the Tate’s Turbine Hall.

“We discovered that the Sumner Street site has a historic connection with phosphor bronze manufacturing and this, combined with the utilitarian elegance of buildings like the Tate, inspired the proposal both inside and out,” he said.

 

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  • Once again this unimaginative design brings more 'this-could-be-absolutely-anywhere' architecture to London. It's cold & unfeeling.

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  • its actually a very elegant design

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