South Bank Tower
- Original design
- Richard Seifert, 1972
- KPF, 2016
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South Bank Tower is a distinctive new landmark for Southwark designed by one of the world’s leading architecture practices, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), responsible for world-renowned buildings including The Pinnacle and The Heron Tower in London and the Shanghai World Financial Centre.
The 41-storey building is home to 193 new apartments as well as one of the capital’s largest private roof terraces. The building offers spectacular vistas across the skyline of the capital’s most prized landmarks – both old and new – from the London Eye and the Shard to Tower Bridge and St Paul’s.
The area in which the building sits – around the northern end of Blackfriars Road – has been identified as an opportunity area for landmark tall buildings. South Bank Tower marks the first in this new cluster of towers along the riverside, acting as a catalyst in the regeneration of the South Bank.
South Bank Tower is the ambitious redevelopment of King’s Reach Tower, a 1970s building originally designed by Richard Siefert, the renowned architect behind some of London’s most distinctive architectural landmarks, including Centre Point and Tower 42. The original 30-storey building never truly represented Seifert’s initial design intent, therefore the redevelopment was inspired by this unfulfilled ambition, bringing the building more in line with his original vision.
King’s Reach Tower was formerly the head quarters of IPC Media, the publishing house behind some of the UK’s most loved magazines including Country Life, Marie Claire and Women’s Own.
During construction, South Bank Tower starred in the 2015 series of the BBC’s The Apprentice, with Lord Alan Sugar taking the candidates to the top of the building as part of the series’ first ever property challenge.
CIT, the independent real estate firm behind the development, has reimagined this icon and, with it, brought life back into the disused office building. Works began on the scheme in 2013 and finished in 2016, resulting in an innovative, distinctive glass-clad landmark for the South Bank.
The architectural vision for South Bank Tower is based on recycling the old and repurposing in a modern and innovative way. The building now stands at 155 metres tall, following an exceptional feat of engineering and construction, which saw the addition of 11 storeys to the tower.
New fins lengthen the vertical profile of the building, in line with Siefert’s original vision, cleverly and subtly separated to show the moment between the old and new.
The exterior of South Bank Tower has been designed to match its modern location, combining concrete, glass, light and metal to define a new type of contemporary living.
South Bank Tower has been home to a series of design and artistic collaborations dedicated to the area’s rich cultural scene. Projects include:
Commissioning of world-renowned photographer, Steve McCurry, to document the creative people and places of London’s South Bank area. The temporary exhibition entitled ‘People & Places’ was open to the public during September 2014.
Vertical Shell, a bespoke sculpture by internationally renowned artist, Tobias Putrih, forms the centrepiece of the impressive triple-height residents’ lobby and a striking installation viewed both inside and out.
Mercury, the first major design installation for architecture and interior design practice, Design Haus Liberty. Located on the 30th and 40th floors, the installation features hundreds of mirrored spheres, ranging in size and organised as a spine of frozen droplets suspended in mid-air, which reflect and refract one another to create illusions of London’s skyline.