ITV Studios’ South Bank site secures planning permission

The major redevelopment of ITV’s former headquarters on London’s South Bank has received planning permission by the Secretary of State for the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

The location at 72 Upper Ground is set to undergo a transformation by Mitsubishi Estate, CO—RE, Make Architects, and Grant Associates. The prestigious South Bank location will be converted into a mixed-use development that prioritizes wellbeing and sustainability, with a target of achieving BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ and WELL Platinum certification.

A six-story mixed-use podium will provide support for two office buildings and a spacious rooftop garden. The south office building will rise to 26 stories and then step down to the riverfront office building of 13 stories. The layered, sculptural design created by Make Architects aims to maximize the availability of outdoor terraces throughout the development. It also echoes the unique, modernist architecture prevalent in the area.

“The development will create a vibrant new destination that will include welcoming public spaces fronting onto Queens Walk and Upper Ground. It will improve connectivity and provide a green and biodiverse setting. Our landscape approach will optimise planting and wildlife opportunities throughout the project’s development.”

Andrew Haines, Senior Associate at Grant Associates 

Environmentally-driven landscape architects Grant Associates will be responsible for ensuring that 40% of the site is transformed into inviting public realm, including the new public rooftop restaurant and terrace, two new public squares and several public walkways linking Upper Ground and the Queen’s Walk to reconnect the local community. The landscape approach embraces nature and looks to provide a vibrant destination point with an abundance of welcoming public realm.

Grant Associates’ focus will be on increasing the overall biodiversity impact and the development’s ability to seamlessly link with the wider local green infrastructure.

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