Over 500 staff expected to work in former warehouse near London Bridge

47 tanner street

How the site currently looks


A proposal to turn the building where hit TV series Dragons’ Den is filmed into a new office block has been approved.

Firms working on the plans include architect SPPARC, QS Alinea, engineer Waterman and planning consultant Brunel Planning.

The site at 47-49 Tanner Street near London Bridge is currently a three-storey Victorian warehouse and was used as the base for where contestants in the BBC series would go to make their pitches for wealthy business people to pump money into their firms.

Southwark council has now given the green light to the proposal which will see another four levels added to the building, creating 5,770 sq m of commercial space – up from the current 1,700 sq m – and which will eventually see around 500 staff work there.

The site is owned by Legal & General and was described in documents submitted to planners earlier this year as being “in a poor condition and requires comprehensive refurbishment”.

The building, which is used by a local arts group, is not listed but is within a local conservation area.

A number of local businesses and residents objected saying the proposal will block out light while some residents have also complained the scheme will blot out their views of the Shard.

tanner street updated

The new block will increase space by over 4,000 sq m