Colechurch House

Colechurch House

July 2019
Colechurch House at 1 London Bridge Walk in London SE1.

Colechurch House at 1 London Bridge Walk in London SE1.


Colechurch House

1 London Bridge Walk, London SE1 2SS
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Description of Colechurch House

CIT is proposing to redevelop Colechurch House office building at the foot of London Bridge in London SE1.

Over 85% of the development site is dedicated to open public space in the form of three distinct landscaped areas, revealing new vistas and views to the historic Southwark Cathedral and St Olaf House. A series of landscaped squares provide flexible seating and events spaces, surrounded by retail ‘market’ kiosks and art installations that are buffered by landscaped edges from the adjacent streets.

Providing 46,200 sqm (497,292 sq.ft) of space, a vibrant mix of uses includes a new home for Southwark Playhouse Theatre and Social Enterprise Cafe, affordable workspaces for the local community, shops and a new high level publicly accessible restaurant offering dramatic views of Southwark Cathedral, the City and St Paul’s Cathedral. A new streetscape towards Tooley Street enhances the pedestrian connections to Borough Market.

The office buildings will be ranging from 12 to 22 storeys. The top floor of the building next to London Bridge will host a new restaurant with an open terrace and spectacular views across to the City of London. Each floor of the building will include a winter garden, a covered area for office tenants to relax and work.

The tiered scheme rises from west to east on the 0.69-acre site. Addressing the built environment’s accounting for over *40% of the UK’s total carbon emissions, it is topped by the landscaped roof terraces, with passive ventilation ‘chimneys’ that pull fresh air into the offices below allowing occupiers to naturally ventilate their office spaces for the majority of the year.

The service core is located to the south, offering spectacular riverside views while protecting the interiors from solar gain. Environmentally responsive façades incorporate solar shading, ventilation, light shelves, water catchments and photovoltaics.

The proposed development will deliver 797 secure cycle parking spaces at basement level and within an automated cycle store. The proposed automated cycle store will provide an innovative and progressive approach to cycle parking which is secure, easy to use with a contemporary design.


Colechurch House was built in the late 1960s in the Brutalist style by architect E G Chandler for the City of London. It comprises 36,292 sq ft NIA (58,171 sq ft GIA) providing office, retail and ancillary accommodation.

2020 October - Planning application is submitted for the redevelopment of the site to include demolition of Colechurch House, pedestrian footbridge and walkway and erection of an elevated 22-storey building (+ 4-storey basement) above a public park and providing office floorspace, retail floor space, restaurant/café floorspace, leisure floorspace (all Use Class E), theatre and a bar (Sui Generis), delivered alongside public realm improvements, roof gardens, cycle parking, servicing, refuse, plant areas and other associated works incidental to the development. Southwark Council ref. no. 20/AP/3013.

2020 October - Second public exhibition is held.
2020 June - First public exhibition is held.

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The nearest tube, train and bus stations.
London Bridge Rail Station
London Bridge Station - 1 min. walking / 26 metres
343, 381, 47, N199, N381

News: (2)

Plans Submitted

CIT and Foster + Partners have submitted a planning application for London’s first-ever net-zero carbon workplace and commercial hub at Colechurch House.

Colechurch House will replace a redundant 1960s office block to provide 46,200 sqm (497,292 sq.ft) of vibrant space. The planned development will transform the public realm creating an abundance of imaginative landscaped green spaces and will bring together state-of-the-art offices; high quality, affordable, work and art spaces; also providing greatly enhanced connectivity from London Bridge station to the Thames riverfront and wider area.

CIT’s Development Managing Director, Steve Riddell, commented: “The pandemic has amplified the need for change and given us the opportunity to reassess what we need from our work and social spaces, and how the built environment can work hard to address this change. We are excited to play our part in development that not only exceeds the UK’s environmental ambitions but that has the wellness of individual users it at its core. In accordance with Southwark Council’s climate emergency policy, Colechurch House is specifically planned and designed to be a catalyst for positive change in London prioritising social and environmental wellbeing. We want the development to define a new era for sustainability while being a distinctive addition to Southwark and its community.”

The new public park at street level will bring much needed outdoor space to Southwark, with the removal of the footbridge enhancing the setting and opening up views to Southwark Cathedral and nearby listed buildings.

Riddell added: “CIT has a firm foothold in Southwark and has shown a strategic commitment to the borough with More London, Southbank Tower and the proposed transformation of Vinegar Yard. CIT has a longstanding interest in developing sustainable buildings, with one of London’s earliest borehole cooled installations at More London and the reuse and extension of existing building structures such as Southbank Tower and Hylo – saving huge quantities of embodied carbon. Net-zero carbon Colechurch House gives us an opportunity to continue our trajectory of delivering genre-defining buildings that have shaped London over the past twenty-five years.”

Luke Fox, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners, commented: “We are delighted to be working with CIT on such a pivotal site in London, a project that will be a sustainable showcase, creating a vibrant new public space and flexible workspaces for everyone.”

The development is planned to create 4,500 new jobs, providing robust investment into the area and stimulus for sustained long term growth.

Cushman and Wakefield have been appointed as leasing agents for the project and have worked closely with the design team to ensure the spaces meet the highest standards in this exacting market.

16/11/2020 17:00 by Buildington

The City of London Corporation as Trustee of Bridge House Estates has entered into an agreement for lease with CIT at Colechurch House.

Bringing together a professional team including Foster & Partners, CIT is expecting to bring forward proposals for landmark redevelopment of this site.

The site comprises of 0.69 acres owned jointly by the City Corporation and LBS. The site was marketed by JLL in 2019, with CIT successful in their bid following the conclusion of a Joint Sale Agreement between the City of London Corporation, London Borough of Southwark and Transport for London.

The acquisition further bolsters CIT’s extensive portfolio and its impressive track record within the borough,including the transformation of South Bank Tower, and the Greater London Authority and Ernst & Young headquarter buildings at More London. The firm’s portfolio also includes 12 Arthur Street in the City of London, currently undergoing a substantial refurbishment, and HYLO, which is under construction near Old Street and due to complete in 2021.

The City of London Corporation will retain the freehold of the site and a ground rent income from a landmark new building. The income from the Bridge House Estates investment property portfolio is used for maintenance of the five City Bridges with the surplus used by City Bridge Trust for charitable grants totalling around £20m per year.

Tom Sleigh, Chair of the Property Investment Board, City of London Corporation, commented: “Colechurch House is another example of the City of London Corporation working with a development partner to bring forward a prime Central London site. CIT has great ideas for the site and the City of London Corporation looks forward to working with the experienced team on the planning application."

Craig Johnston, Chief Operating Officer of CIT, added:“CIT is delighted to work with the City of London Corporation and the London Borough of Southwark to deliver another exciting scheme on the South Bank with Foster & Partners. Colechurch House represents the latest in a series of CIT projects successfully revitalising redundant buildings for modern uses. Our ambition is to bring forward plans for an iconic development in this well-established business district, and be part of the future of one of London’s most vibrant, exciting and active areas.”

JLL and Cannings Connolly acted for the City of London Corporation. Jones Day acted for CIT.

15/10/2019 13:47 by Buildington

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