Transport for London (TfL) has chosen property developer Native Land as its joint venture partner to redevelop land around South Kensington Tube station, which will provide “vital revenue” to fund transport upgrades at the station.
Step-free access to the District and Circle lines will be funded through redevelopment around South Kensington Tube station, including a Grade II-listed shopping arcade. Native Land is behind a number of high end developments in London, including NEO Bankside, which is a residential development next to the Tate Modern on the South Bank.
A new entrance to the station will be built at Thurloe Street as part of the scheme, and there will be improved access to a pedestrian subway leading to museums. Several four storey buildings at 20-34 Thurloe Street will also be upgraded.
TfL is currently facing an almost £1bn deficit from next year and is looking for ways to save money on projects.
Native Land has chosen Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners as its architectural partner. The two firms have worked together previously on the £250M redevelopment of the Burlington Gate mixed use building in Mayfair.
TfL director of commercial development Graeme Craig said: “We look forward to working closely with Native Land, and the community, to bring forward respectful development proposals that generate vital revenue to reinvest in transport and provide step-free access for millions of journeys.”
TfL will now work with Native Land to develop proposals for South Kensington Tube station’s transformation, which could be complete in 2022.
In a separate scheme at the station, work to bring a disused eastbound District and Circle Line platform back online and to extend the ticket hall at the station will begin in the spring.