As part of the planned upgrade for South Kensington tube station, TfL has announced that Native Land has been selected as its preferred partner to develop the land owned by TfL around the station. The development will provide step-free access to the District and Circle line platforms via a new entrance on Thurloe Street. The scheme will also improve access to the pedestrian subway leading to the local museums.

A key part of the development will be the ability to improve the properties around the station including the four-storey buildings at 20-34 Thurloe Street, with the potential to create new opportunities along TfL’s stretch of land on Pelham Street to Thurloe Square and on the distinctive Bullnose building.

The site also includes the main station entrances through the Grade II listed shopping arcade, which will be preserved and restored, and a second entrance via the Grade II listed pedestrian subway.

Subject to contracts, TfL will now work with Native Land and their preferred architecture firm, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, to develop proposals for the site. Consultation and engagement with the local community will happen later this year. Subject to planning permission, the development including step-free access to the District and Circle line, could be complete in 2022.

Earlier this year, TfL was granted Listed Building Consent by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, for proposals to upgrade South Kensington station. Designed by architects Weston Williamson, the upgrade work will include rebuilding a new eastbound District and Circle line platform, and expanding the ticket hall and gate line.

This work is due to start in spring 2018.

Subject to funding and permissions, step-free access – as part of the wider TfL station modernisation plans – could provide step-free access from street to the Piccadilly line platforms by 2025.


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  1. Malcolm says:

    Does the scheme include step free access at both ends of the museum subway? If not, what’s the point?

    • TJ says:

      Looking at the plans the steps are still marked, so looks like no. Anyway most of the route above is easily accessible. I think step free access is going to be provide using the old lift shafts, but may be very difficult!

    • Malcolm says:

      Yes, throute above will be step free but there are multiple roads to cross plus the insane “shared pavement” on Exhibition Road to deal with. The subway allows you to avoid all those – handy when you have young children, as many visitors do.

  2. Andrew Gwilt says:

    I think South Kensington station does need improvements including having a new lift and stairs.

  3. Megri UK says:

    Agree with Andrew, I guess everything is fine except the stairs & lift.

  4. Frederick Levy says:

    I have noticed that they are reinstating a disused platform. Lots of ballast being put down.

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