View to Blackfriars Bridge, Bankside Yards development and One Blackfriars from Victoria Embankment.

View to Blackfriars Bridge, Bankside Yards development and One Blackfriars from Victoria Embankment.

LH2 residential-led tower under construction at Bankside Yards. 50-storey One Blackfriars in the background.

LH2 residential-led tower under construction at Bankside Yards. 50-storey One Blackfriars in the background.

November 2019
Bankside Yards development site on Hopton Street.

Bankside Yards development site on Hopton Street.

November 2019
Considerate Constructors poster on Southwark Street.

Considerate Constructors poster on Southwark Street.

Bankside Yards under construction on Blackfriars Road.

Bankside Yards under construction on Blackfriars Road.

LH2 residential tower at Western Yards, Bankside Yards.

LH2 residential tower at Western Yards, Bankside Yards.

Bankside Yards Masterplan April 2018

Bankside Yards Masterplan April 2018

Native Land at Bankside Yards in July 2019.

Native Land at Bankside Yards in July 2019.

July 2019
Sampson House is being demolished by McGee

Sampson House is being demolished by McGee

July 2019
Bankside Quarter CGI

Bankside Quarter CGI

Bankside Quarter - Sampson House and Ludgate House on the site.

Bankside Quarter - Sampson House and Ludgate House on the site.

8. June 2013

Bankside Yards

Blackfriars Road, London SE1 9UY
Local Authority:
Mixed use

Description of Bankside Yards

Bankside Yards is a 1.4 million sq ft residential, office and retail development at the site of the Ludgate House and Sampson House in London SE1.

The 5.3-acre site close to Tate Modern will create 8 new buildings comprising offices, retail shops and leisure facilities, along with residential apartments.

New Homes For Sale:
The first phase Western Yards comprises 341 apartments. Register your interest on the development website.

Commercial: Office space for SME's.

See also:
Ludgate House
Sampson House


2020 February - Planning permission for further 109 apartments.

2019 - Work starts on the first office building and 240 new homes.

2016 October - Initial demolition works commenced on select areas of Ludgate house in October 2016. Specialist contractor, McGee undertook the works on the western edge of the site, on Blackfriars Road.

2014 - A planning consent for the redevelopment of the 5.3-acre site, designed by PLP Architecture, was secured by Carlyle Group in March 2014 and comprises permission for 489 apartments and 288,000 sq ft of offices, as well as retail, leisure and cultural facilities. When completed, the project will comprise 5 residential buildings and 4 office buildings.
The development will rise from 13 to 49 storeys and will create new routes reconnecting the eastern and western sides of a railway viaduct where the existing buildings have formed an impermeable barrier through the site since the 1970s. The planning consent also ensures a payment in lieu of affordable housing of £65 million payable to Southwark Council.

The developer is an international consortium comprising Native Land, Temasek, HPL and Amcorp Properties.
The consortium has acquired Sampson House and Ludgate House with an existing planning consent obtained by previous owner The Carlyle Group.

Native Land is appointed as development manager to the consortium also comprising Singapore's Temasek and Hotel Properties Limited (HPL) and Malaysia's Amcorp Properties.

2014 - Sampson House was leased to IBM until 2025 but with a mutual break option in June 2018.

The development's three tallest towers are designed by PLP as a “family of forms”, with masonry of a warm colour borrowed from adjacent existing buildings and ensuring that the development relates to its surroundings and the river Thames.

The overall site has been identified as an 'opportunity area' in the Mayor of London's London Plan, and is immediately adjacent to Blackfriars Station's southern entrance. It also benefits from excellent links to the City of London, the West End, Canary Wharf and the capital's international transport destinations.

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Main Contractor:


The nearest tube, train and bus stations.
Blackfriars Underground Station
Circle, District
Blackfriars Station / South Entrance
40, 63, N63, N89

News: (6)

Progress Update

Main contractor McGee has achieved a new milestone for the company at the Bankside Yards site. The concrete pour completed this month set a new company record for a single, continuous pour.

1,615m3 of concrete was placed at Basement Level 2, to complete the 3m deep basement raft slab beneath the central building on the site. McGee used 4 pumps to place 215 loads of concrete in just under 12 hours.

Lem Berihun, Senior Project Manager said: “Our meticulous planning and preparation alongside our hard-working supervisors across the different trades, including our steel fixers, who installed over 400ton of reinforcement in less than 2 weeks, ground-workers, carpenters and our hard-working concrete gang enabled the self-delivery of this record-setting concrete pour.

We also extend our thanks to our concrete supplier, Tarmac, for taking this challenge and allocating sufficient resources to feed the site and make the pour possible.”

McGee extended its original demolition contract for Bankside Yard to become a fully integrated deep-basement over the whole site footprint as well as the RC core for the imposing new 230,000 sqft office building.

The site is also set for a 240-home apartment building and 49,500sqft of retail, restaurant, cultural and amenity space in the restored railway arches.

Seb Fossey, Managing Director at McGee added: “This milestone is not only for the project, but for everyone here at McGee as it demonstrates clearly that when we work together we will deliver on the commitments we make. It’s testament to the team that they have brought together the capability and technical expertise to deliver such an achievement, not least during the current challenging times.”

03/07/2020 13:48 by Buildington

Southwark Council has approved plans for additional 109 apartments at Bankside Yards. The application was approved on Monday 24th February 2020 for: Redevelopment to create two levels of basement and the erection of five buildings ranging from seven to 34 storeys plus plant (heights ranging from 28.9m AOD 123.9m AOD) to provide: 341 dwellings (Class C3); 8,054sqm (GIA) of office space (Class B1); 1,436sqm (GIA) of retail floorspace (Class A1-A4); 904sqm (GIA) of cultural floorspace (Class D1/D2); 16,254sqm (GIA) hotel with up to 126 rooms (Class C1); new open space; reconfigured vehicular and pedestrian access; highway works; landscaping; basement car park for 107 cars (including 29 disabled car parking spaces), plus servicing and plant areas; and works associated and ancillary to the proposed development. Southwark Council application no. 18/AP/1603.

26/02/2020 15:02 by Buildington

The developer has confirmed work has started on the 230,000 square feet office block, shops and 240 flats at Bankside Yards.

The consortium developing the site is led by Native Land and includes Singaporean state-backed fund Temasek and Malaysian developer Amcorp Properties.

Visit to register your interest.

Read more from the Evening Standard Property developer commits to building £1bn project near Tate Modern 11.10.2019.

11/10/2019 15:37 by Buildington

The demolition of Ludgate House is now complete. The work has been undertaken by specialist contractor McGee.

McGee is now in process of preparing to commence with the demolition of Sampson House. Throughout Q4 2018 and Q1 2019, they are making preparations that include establishing hoarding and scaffolding and soft stripping the inside of the building. Full demolition is expected to commence from Q1 2019.

10/01/2019 17:32 by Buildington

The demolition of Sampson House has commenced. The works by McGee will be complete late 2019.

16/10/2018 16:36 by Buildington

Demolition contractor McGee is presently carrying out the demolition of Ludgate House on Blackfriars Road, marking the first stage of Native Land’s 1.4m sq ft Sampson and Ludgate redevelopment.

McGee has implemented several measures in order to increase recycling efforts on-site, minimise landfill waste, and conserve energy.

Less energy, diesel, and water was used when measured against projected targets, and the total carbon footprint of demolition to date is 3250 kg/CO2 lower than originally accounted for.

McGee worked closely in conjunction with waste specialist organisations like NISP and WRAP to ensure the best recycling and recovery measures for a wide range of waste streams.

Of total waste generated on site as of November 2017, 75.4% was recycled and 12.5% was recovered at licensed facilities. In total, 87.9% of waste at Ludgate House has been diverted from landfill.

Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native Land, commented:

“Native Land is committed to following an environmentally-friendly approach throughout all stages of the development cycle and we are pleased to be working with McGee to progress the demolition of Ludgate House in the most sustainable way possible.”

Marc Byrne, Head of Social Responsibility at McGee, added:

“Environmental best practice and sustainability are central to our site management and we are pleased to work in conjunction with Native Land to deliver industry leading environmental performance at Ludgate House.”

Demolition works at Ludgate House are due to complete in March 2018.

28/11/2017 09:41 by Buildington

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