Borough High Street Redevelopment
Photograph by Craig Sheppard
King’s College London worked on an award-winning scheme to regenerate part of the Borough High Street area, to create a vibrant contribution to the function and character of the high street.
King’s won ‘Built Winner 2017’ in the Hotels & Hospitality category of the New London Architecture (NLA) awards for its development of the hotel on Borough High Street. The hotel was designed on behalf of King’s by LTS Architects and was one of 32 winning schemes in a shortlist of more than 150 projects.
The university owns units 127-143 Borough High Street, often known as the Shoefayre site, and a small section of the area connecting to the buildings of Guy’s Campus. Southwark Council granted planning permission for the scheme which makes use of the historic Spur Inn Yard and Nag’s Head Yard to create and improved public realm and better access to the university’s main Guy’s Campus.
Due to the size and shape of the former buildings and restrictions on the Grade II listed property, the site was not suitable for academic usage so was re-developed to provide the hotel, three retail units and a residential flat and the creation of external public realm areas. A gym for King’s staff and students has also been included. The hotel was completed in spring 2017 and is now operated by Premier Inn.
The sustainable redevelopment of this historic site was carefully considered by LTS Architects to be sympathetic to the sites’ early heritage. The architects were also responsible for hitting targets aimed at reducing energy use and carbon emissions. Sustainability was embedded throughout the design, starting with the responsive façade treatment, which uses deep reveals and external fins to prevent unwanted solar gain. The main hotel has achieved an Energy Performance Certificate rating of 23 (or A).
Photograph by Craig Sheppard
Work started on site in 2014 with contractor Deconstruct UK preparing the site for the new development.
A key activity of this preparation work was the archaeological works during the excavation phase. This sensitive element of works provided the archaeologists, Pre-Construct Archaeology, with substantial artefacts of historic importance including a Papal Bull from Pope Innocent III dating back to the 1100s (see below). Moreover, the overall topology of the subterranean area was found to be complex with several Medieval, Roman and Saxon structures being discovered.
The project completed in early 2017.
Development Director: Paul Hartmann, KCL E&F
Development Project Manager: Tanmay Desai, KCL E&F
Architects: Loates Taylor Shannon
Structural Engineers: Ross and Partners
MEPH consultants: CH2M Hill/Hoare Lea
Landscape Architects: LT Studios
Substructure Contractor: Deconstruct UK Ltd
Superstructure Contractor: Gilbert Ash Ltd
Legal Consultants: Fenwick Elliot
Planning and Neighbourly matters: Deloitte UK
Cost consultant: Sweetgroup London