We propose to build high-quality accommodation for 260 – 270 students, with an active ground floor that positively contributes to the local area. The ground floor will include a new section of The Low Line flanked by new uses such as a café to bring activity.

Secure cycle storage will be provided for residents and the development will be car free.

The Site

The site is a triangle of land at the junction of Rockingham and Tiverton Streets and includes three of the adjacent railway viaduct arches. Metro Central Heights is to the south and the Salvation Army headquarters to the west.

The site has already been granted planning permission for an office building in 2019.

The Low Line

The Low Line is a community initiative, supported by Southwark Council, to establish walking routes along railway viaducts in Bankside, London Bridge, Bermondsey, Walworth, and Elephant & Castle.

With increased activity along the railway viaducts, the development of 5 – 9 Rockingham Street is a great opportunity to create a new section of The Low Line by establishing a lively new passageway for residents and the wider community. Through good lighting and design, we aim to create an accessible new walking route that prioritises safety and inclusivity.

There is the potential for a new ground-floor café or restaurant, extending into the middle arch opposite the main building (as shown in the image above), alongside new planting and public art.

Click here to see the proposed addition to The Lowline in virtual reality.

Art and Cultural Placemaking

We are committed to involving the local community in all our development projects and are especially keen to showcase new artistic talent.

Alongside our contribution to the Low Line, we will also be engaging with local history through the commissioning of public art.

We have worked on over sixteen successful public art strategies and projects across the UK.

Through our arts commissioning programme, we will seek to engage local people, connect with local history, encourage an exciting public realm, and add interest to the new public passage.

Our arts commissions are always site-specific and respond uniquely to the history and culture of the local area. We will also provide ongoing opportunities for artists beyond construction, as part of a regularly reviewed cultural strategy.

For this project, local artists will be invited to produce work that responds to the area’s legacy of theatre, cinema, and dance, from the old Elephant & Castle and Coronet Theatres to contemporary venues like Corsica Studios and the Ministry of Sound. We are exploring a number of ideas for our programme, including:

  • A piece of poetry, integrated into the entrances of the new passageway, representing diverse voices from across the community and celebrating the acts, bands and artists who have performed in the local area over the last 150 years.
  • A drawing competition, coordinated by a local art gallery, to produce a selection of drawings for the atrium wall of the new building. We hope to establish a bi-annual drawing commission going forward, providing ongoing opportunities for emerging artists.

Our Team

Maccreanor Lavington are an architectural practice with a long track record for designing exceptional buildings and were awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2008.

They have delivered some notable buildings in the local area including new homes and retail at South Gardens on Wansey Street and H10, a 117-room hotel at St. George’s Circus.