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TfL unveils plan to revamp South Kensington tube station

Transport for London (TfL) and Native Land have unveiled proposals to revamp South Kensington Tube station and the surrounding streets.

The proposal includes the development of 40 new homes, a range of new shops, restaurants and offices.

Step-free station access from the District and Circle lines would also be created via a new entrance on Thurloe Street.

TfL appointed Native Land as its development partner in 2018 to help it redevelop the land and buildings around South Kensington Station.

The proposal, designed by architect Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, will also restore the station’s historic arcade and improve the main station entrances.

A five-storey building named the Bullnose will sit opposite the station and house restaurants and office space.

The proposals also include the provision of  new homes around the station, including along the station side of Pelham Street, reinstating a historic row of buildings.

TfL commercial development director Graeme Craig said: “Our aim has been to create a proposal that honours the heritage of the station and reflects the historic legacy and architecture of the area as well as its unique setting as a gateway to some of the most important and treasured cultural institutions in the world.

“Our proposals provide a range of improvements, including step-free access, as well as new homes and opportunities for upgraded retail and commercial space, generating vital revenue to reinvest in the transport network.”

Native Land chief executive Alasdair Nicholls added: “As well as delivering new residential buildings with a scale and massing respectful to the surrounding area, the proposals will help bring a renewed sense of place to South Kensington, along with a contemporary range of shops, restaurants and workspaces.”

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