Aerial view from south
View from station platform
The Bullnose
The Bullnose and Thurloe Street
Pelham Street
Pelham Street and Thurloe Square
Thurloe Square
View of Thurloe Square
Thurloe Street
Thurloe Street and step-free access
The Bullnose and Oxblood Building
Oxblood Building and Pelham Street
South Kensington Station Arcade
View from station platform
The Bullnose
Aerial view from north

 

Designs

Our proposals will deliver a high-quality development with a renewed sense of place, sensitively restoring the station arcade and providing new homes, including 35% on-site affordable housing, enhanced retail space, workspace, and completing the delivery of step-free access to the Circle & District Line.

Renowned architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has developed the designs for the proposals, while heritage specialist Julian Harrap Architects is working on the heritage aspects of the scheme, including the sensitive restoration of the Grade-II listed Arcade. 

 

Key benefits of proposals

Improved accessibility
Completion of the delivery of step free access to the ticket hall and Circle & District Line.

High quality housing
50 new homes around the station, including 35% affordable homes of various sizes

Local economic benefits
Supporting 250 new jobs and providing almost £1m additional business rate revenue per year

Celebrating heritage
Restoration of the Thurloe Street façade and the Grade-II listed station Arcade

Sensitive contemporary design
Carefully considered designs that respect the unique and important heritage of the area

Enhanced retail
New shops in the sensitively restored station arcade, at the ground floor of Thurloe Street and the Bullnose building, and at the station end of Pelham Street

High quality employment space
New office and workspace of the highest quality

Improved passenger experience
Creating a renewed sense of arrival for the around 34 million visitors and residents per year to the station and an improved pedestrian experience around the station

 

THE BULLNOSE

The proposed building at the Bullnose will act as a landmark, distinguishing this important station and creating a sense of place at the entrance to London's world-renowned museum and cultural quarter. Following extensive consultation, we have reduced the height of the Bullnose building to ground plus three storeys, rather than ground plus four as was originally proposed, and it is smaller than the surrounding buildings.

On the upper floors high quality workspace will be provided, which is an important part of the mix of the overall development, helping to generate jobs and local economic value. The proposals previously included a restaurant at the upper level, however following feedback during consultation with local stakeholders this was not considered appropriate and was changed to office space.

The ground floor of the Bullnose building will provide a new retail offering, and this will connect with the Grade-II listed Arcade, which will be sensitively restored in its entirety, ensuring the revitalised historic station building remains at the heart of our proposals.

 

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.

 

STEP–FREE ACCESS

Our proposals will complete the delivery of step-free access to the ticket hall and Circle & District line. This will greatly improve access for wheelchair users, parents with buggies and other passengers with restricted mobility to this vitally important and popular part of London.

PELHAM STREET

Our proposals will reinstate the two-sided terraced street with new residential terraces and commercial accommodation. Following feedback from our consultation with local residents, 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. At the eastern end of the street the height is ground plus three storeys, with the third storey set back, the same as the terraced houses opposite.

We have selected materials that reflect the glazed tiles of the Oxblood station building at the western end before moving to a more contextual brick at the eastern end. We will be providing reliefs along the street to enhance the pedestrian experience as well as creating mini front garden space to allow a greater feeling of space at street level. We are not changing the width of Pelham Street as part of these works.

 

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 through the consultation process so that the designs better relate to the 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.

 

THE HISTORIC STATION ARCADE

Our proposals will restore and enhance the station’s Grade-II listed Arcade in its entirety to create an arrival experience befitting London's world-renowned museum and 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 long-term integrity of the Arcade.

We have appointed heritage specialist Julian Harrap Architects to work on the restoration of the Arcade, as well as other heritage aspects of the proposals.

 

HOW DO OUR PROPOSALS RELATE TO THE EXISTING STATION UPGRADE WORKS?

The ticket hall and platforms of South Kensington Station already have planning consent for refurbishment. This is a separate project to our proposals and is being led by Transport for London and has been designed by architect Weston Williamson + Partners.

However, importantly, these plans do not include planning 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 complete the delivery of much-needed step-free access.