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Tower block proposed for Park Street

A 24-storey tower is being proposed for a new site alongside Tate Modern.

The island site, bounded by Park Street, Sumner Street and Emerson Street, is known as 185 Park Street and lies to the south-east of Tate Modern.

The proposal by Chelsfield is for three new buildings by Eric Parry Architects with a striking residential tower on the corner of Park and Sumner Streets. A gallery is included at the mezzanine level.

The larger footprint is the office and retail building on the corner of Park and Emmerson Streets. This would include a community space. Bankside Residents Forum and Better Bankside are currently occupying office space in the existing building. The shops would be on Emerson Street which leads directly into New Globe Walk.

A four-storey residential building is planned for the corner of Emerson and Sumner Streets.

Proposals include extending the footpath from the river and community garden south through the development to Sumner Street.

Among early reactions are fears that the tower might echo the controversial London Town plans to the west of the Tate. There are also concerns about building work during the summer season at the nearby Shakespeare's Globe.

• A model of the proposals is on view at 185 Park Street on Saturday 15 October from 10am to 1pm.

• Land Securities is shortly to announce detailed plans for a tower building on the corner of Sumner and Holland Street at the opposite end of the Tate garden.

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