Regeneration

  • Creation of a world class address at London Bridge.
  • Transformation of London Bridge Station concourse.
  • Substantial streetscape improvements to St. Thomas and Joiner Streets.
  • Over 6 floors of public space incorporating piazzas, shops, restaurants, a museum, health spa, conference facilities & bars.

Transport

  • Assist in enhancing the transport interchange at London Bridge Station.
  • New bus station with increased routes.
  • Improved pedestrian access to station & tube platforms.
  • Extended taxi facilities.
  • Links and enhancement to the cycle network.

Employment

  • Maintaining an international office headquarters building for a major employer in Southwark.
  • Up to 10,000 jobs created by the development.
  • Education training for the local workforce.
  • Up to 1,000 new jobs for Southwark.
  • On-going job opportunities within principal office tenants.
  • Increased wealth generation & stability to the boroughs’ economy.

Tourism

  • New International landmark extending the South Thames walk into the heart of Southwark.
  • Pedestrianised & disabled access to all facilities.
  • Highest public viewing gallery in Central London.

The Catalyst

The construction of London Bridge Tower will contribute substantially to a radical improvement of the public realm around London Bridge by promoting London Bridge as an essential transport hub.
The masterplan reinforces Joiner Street, a key pedestrian connection between the residential areas in the south to the City in the north.

London Bridge Tower can become the catalyst in turning a run down transport interchange into a world class address, restoring London Bridge as the true gateway to the City of London.

The Piazza

The basis of the London Bridge Tower project is the development of a major public piazza serving London Bridge Station as well as London Bridge Tower, bringing light and life into the area. The public environment within the piazza will incorporate state of the art technology alongside quality materials & landscaping- a lively public space, a place to be enjoyed.

The Streetscape

The project will also have a major positive impact on the streetscape of St. Thomas and Joiner streets, replacing brick walls and service yards with retail street frontages and building entrances. The immediate environment will put the needs of the pedestrian first with improved pavement width, lighting and security. The proposed canopy over the piazza will protect from wind and is intended to alleviate the problem that exists there today.

It has long been the desire of many, of reducing the reliance on the car by encouraging more people to use public transport. It is this aim, which has been sought by the Government, the Greater London Authority, the Mayor and Southwark.  London Bridge Tower has been designed with this goal in mind; with its extensive transport links, there will be no need for people to drive to the Tower. It has been conservatively estimated that up to 90% of all journeys to and from the Tower will be made by public transport. National Rail, Underground, Buses and cycle routes, will all be available and within easy reach.

  • London Bridge National Rail Station currently handles approximately 57,000 passenger movements per hour.
  • London Bridge Tower is expected to increase this by 2.5% in the am peak and 3.8% in the pm peak.
  • The additional load on London Bridge station is more than accommodated by the additional capacity created by Railtrack’s redevelopment of the station.
  • Additional loads on the underground station are:
    4% during the am peak hour
    7.4% during the pm peak hour
  • This is less than 3 years normal growth and will be offset by contributions towards improving pedestrian flows in the station.
  • London Bridge Tower is expected to add between 1 and 2 extra passengers on every bus serving the station.
  • London Bridge Tower will provide a significant contribution to the cost of providing a state of the art bus station completing the development of a total transport interchange.
  • New cycle routes and facilities with cycle parking and storage.
  • Improved taxi standing provision

The brief for London Bridge Tower has specifically been devised to open up opportunities for local people.
The five-year construction period will allow local people to be trained before the need actually arises.

Tourism

Tourism creates a large number of opportunities on a variety of differing levels, ranging from careers in retail through to the hotel industry. The Tower has been developed as a major tourist destination that will create approximately 1,000 new jobs in the area. The development is aiming to place local people into at least 50% of these new jobs.

Building Management

The Tower itself will require extensive management and this will create over 300 new jobs in engineering, administration and security. Most of the people could be recruited locally and could be given training during the construction period. The training will be given with a view to full time employment on the building management team.

The construction contractors will be required to appoint local people first. They will also be required to demonstrate local recruitment policies and actual positive discrimination towards the local workforce. During construction a liaison office will be established to match the needs of the contractors, building management and future tenants within the local community.

The Learning & Business Centre
London Bridge Tower is seen as an actual gateway to local people wishing to access work opportunities in both London Bridge and the City. The developer is prepared to make premises available for a drop-in and training centre. A trust could be established in partnership with the local authorities, which will make the relevant skills training available.

Further training could be possible by arrangement with the business centre, which is planned as part of the business hotel. A new recruit would gain basic administrative and IT skills in the training centre and then move up to work experience within the business centre before moving off into the City. Incoming office tenants will be encouraged to participate in this education initiative.

The London Bridge Tower is designed to ensure that the existing population of Southwark enjoys the opportunities regeneration creates.

A world attraction

Rising 1016 ft into the air, Renzo Piano’s spire at London Bridge is set to become an instantly recognisable symbol for London. The potential exists for Southwark to be placed at the very centre of tourism in London, drawing existing tourists from the Thames walk eastwards towards London Bridge.

The Mid Level Piazza

From the ground, visitors can access either of the two ‘piazzas in the sky’. The middle level piazza is the largest taking up 3 full levels of the building. The views offered from the middle level galleries would be as spectacular as those enjoyed from the London Eye.

The middle level galleries are an opportunity for education and entertainment, using the latest in virtual reality and associated media. The theme of these galleries could be ‘London – Past, Present and Future’. State of the art computerised animation could allow the visitor to experience, in virtual reality, the sites, sounds and smells of London in the past and in the future.

The High Level Galleries

The highest observation gallery is at 735ft on the 65th floor and provides formidable views over London.

The Learning & Business Centre
London Bridge Tower is seen as an actual gateway to local people wishing to access work opportunities in both London Bridge and the City. The developer is prepared to make premises available for a drop-in and training centre. A trust could be established in partnership with the local authorities, which will make the relevant skills training available.

Further training could be possible by arrangement with the business centre, which is planned as part of the business hotel. A new recruit would gain basic administrative and IT skills in the training centre and then move up to work experience within the business centre before moving off into the City. Incoming office tenants will be encouraged to participate in this education initiative.

The London Bridge Tower is designed to ensure that the existing population of Southwark enjoys the opportunities regeneration creates.