Allies and Morrison-designed mixed-use job was first given OK three years ago

Landsec and Places for London have won amended planning consent for a mixed-use scheme in south London after initial proposals were disrupted by the discovery of Roman ruins.

Southwark Council’s planning committee gave the green light to revised plans for the office-led Liberty of Southwark development in Bankside.

The Allies and Morrison-designed scheme was first approved in 2021 but has been amended to ensure that the Roman mausoleum and mosaics found on the site in the past two years can be uncovered and embedded into a new publicly accessible community space.

Liberty of Southwark

Roman ruins found during archaeological investigations will be made publicly accessible

Changes to the job also address updated building regulations, including the integration of a second staircase and lift lobby.

The Liberty will provide 190,000 sq ft of office space, as well as 34 new homes, half of which will be designated affordable.

A heritage building, 15 Southwark Street, will be restored to its original use with retail on the ground floor and commercial workspace above.

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Marcus Geddes, managing director of workplace at Landsec said: “This latest planning consent will enable us to bring new life to what’s been a largely underutilised site, while enhancing our pipeline of sustainable, well-connected workplaces in the vibrant community of Bankside.”

The project team includes Faithful & Gould as cost consultant, Donald Insall Associates as heritage architect and Aecom providing a variety of engineering services.

Construction work is expected to start later this year.