tp bennett wins appointment for South Bank Central design

Hermes Investment Management, the £30.1 billion manager focused on delivering superior, sustainable, risk adjusted returns to its clients – responsibly, and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), a professional investment management organisation that invests on behalf of 18 million Canada Pension Plan contributors and beneficiaries, have appointed tp bennett as lead architect and planning consultant in the design of South Bank Central.

The scheme is due to complete by the end of 2016 and will comprise approximately 235,000 sq ft net office space and 45,000 sq ft gross retail space. tp bennett’s role will be to take the two components of the office space, the main office and the podium, from shell and core to Cat A status. The office is approximately 60,000 sq ft in the lower levels of the tower and 175,000 sq ft in the podium element.

tp bennett will audit the base build shell and core, initially designed by KPF for CIT, and modify it as appropriate to encompass the new client brief.

Chris Bennie, tp bennett principal director, said:

“Our delivery of the Sea Containers House development has given us unique insight into the rapidly changing South Bank office market. We have combined this experience with our knowledge of the London occupier market to develop the brief in partnership with the client and agents. The result is a series of proposals that will deliver a leading edge contemporary office design that acknowledges the latest workplace trends that will appeal to a wide range of potential occupiers.”

Stephen Bradley, Asset Manager, Hermes Real Estate added:

“With the practice’s fantastic experience on the South Bank, we believe tp bennett is well-placed to deliver a stand-out scheme for us and our partners at this iconic building. South Bank is fast gaining momentum as an area of choice for both residential and commercial occupiers alike and our partnership with CPPIB at South Bank Central puts us right in the heart of it.”

tp bennett is working with the below partners to deliver the scheme:

  • PM: Adams Consulting
  • QS: Gleeds
  • M&E consultant: Hoare Lea
  • Structural Engineer: AKT II