South Kensington Tube in landmark deal
A landmark deal between TfL and Native Land has been announced, which will see South Kensington Tube station to be transformed and development of land around the station.
The project forms part of TfL’s commitment to providing step-free access to the subway, making London more accessible.
Serving the District and Circle line, the changes to South Kensington Station will unlock millions of journeys, supporting the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy and its aims of reducing reliance on car journeys, encouraging greater use of public transport and making London more accessible for all Londoners.
The project will see the station upgraded and the surrounding land sensitively developed, by Native Land the preferred Joint Venture partner, reflecting its status as an iconic gateway to one of London’s most beloved cultural areas.
South Kensington Tube station, located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is one of the busiest stations on the Tube network, welcoming over 34 million District and Circle and Piccadilly line customers a year to London’s museum quarter.
Listed Building Consent was granted to the proposals in January, with work due to begin on site this spring. A key part of the development will see the improvement of properties around at 20-34 Thurloe Street, while the main station entrances through the Grade II listed shopping arcade will be preserved and further restored, and a second entrance via the Grade II listed pedestrian subway enabled.
Designed by Architect Weston Williamson, the upgrade work will include rebuilding a new eastbound District and Circle line platform, and expanding the ticket hall and gate line to facilitate quicker, more pleasant journeys for customers using the station.
Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development Director at Transport for London said: “It’s hugely exciting to be working with partners who are renowned for such iconic and transformative projects.
“Together, we can create a development that reflects its historic legacy and unique setting as a gateway to some of the most important and treasured cultural institutions in the world.
“We look forward to working closely with Native Land, and the community, to bring forward respectful development proposals that generate vital revenue to reinvest in transport and provide step-free access for millions of journeys.”
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