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 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.