KSR have won a competition to regenerate a key site on Old Kent Road, in South London. The competition, launched by OKR Regeneration Ltd, aims to develop a phased masterplan for the site at the conjunction of Southgate Street and Old Kent Road, in alignment with Southwark Councils plans for the wider area and the forthcoming Bakerloo Line extension and new station. The project will provide Southwark with in excess of 500 new apartments, 2,500 sq. m of commercial space and much-needed public realm.
The concept designs identify key opportunities for regeneration within the site and, crucially, reinstate the historical Ruby Triangle at the North side, reconfigured as public realm to act as the catalyst for creating a cohesive community on a larger scale. The proposal aims to reinvigorate the site and its surroundings and restore the vibrancy of historical Old Kent Road, creating the framework for a contemporary new Town Centre and dynamic neighbourhood, increasing the permeability and accessibility of the entire depth of the site.
A corresponding piazza, which KSR nicknamed the New Ruby Triangle, is introduced at the opposite end of the site, forming a counterpoint to the original and creating the basis for two key axes, along which new public thoroughfares will run, acting as a receptor for movement to permeate through the site towards the South and the new Bakerloo station. The New Ruby Triangle punctuates the Old Kent Road at a principal entrance to the site and gives the development an iconic sense of place, making it an anchor for future developments to the North and East.
This project brings together KSRs core skillset regeneration, master planning and residential design and interiors – and marks the practices first major regeneration development in Southwark, following on from the success of our Camley Street masterplan project in Kings Cross, which was awarded the New London Award for Best Mixed-Use Development.