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Sea Containers House Set For Overhaul

The prominent piece of post-modernism on the southern bank of the River Thames that Customs and Excise has made their headquarters could soon be up for redevelopment.

Sea Containers House is a 28,000 square metre office building that was completed in the 1970s and has since then gradually dated. Rising to 46 metres in height, it is one of the most noticeable buildings on London's South Bank.

The building was purchased by the Deerbrook Group, who hired planning consultancy DP9 to come up with a series of options for the property, with the emphasis put on retaining office use on the site, albeit with other secondary options to move it more towards mixed-use.

Southwark Council is understood to be keen to guard against a significant loss of commercial space that any refurbishment could lead to meaning that, for example, any residential uses that would be included in the project should not be at the expense of office space. Despite this, redevelopment could include a more active frontage of the building with better pedestrian routes and retail, plus a hotel element.

The inclusion of a hotel would be particularly ironic for the scheme as Sea Containers House was originally designed as a hotel building, but the recession and stagflation of the mid to late 1970s put paid to this during the development of the project, and saw the British government act as the anchor tenant instead.

Architecture firm TP Bennett has now been drafted in to draw up actual designs for the proposal that could see the building modernised. The area of the large building that could be most modified would be the southern wing that sits inside the Tall Building Zone and away from the river that Southwark Council has proposed. It is this section of Sea Containers House that is almost over the road from Kings Reach Tower which is now undergoing redevelopment.

Regardless, whatever TP Bennett does come up with will have a massive impact on this stretch of the River Thames for decades to come.

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