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Aga Khan ‘offered’ Potters Fields site

The Aga Khan has lost his bid to buy part of the St Thomas' Hospital site.

St Thomas' western buildings, owned by King's College, are to be sold back to Thomas' Hospital. The King's College council has overwhelmingly decided to spurn the offer of 24m from the Aga Khan who wanted to build a Thames-side Islamic centre. Instead the hospital will buy the buildings for just 12m. A 10,000-signature petition called for the block to be saved for the hospital.

Meanwhile, GLA member for Lambeth and Southwark Val Shawcross is suggesting that the Aga Khan could build his centre on Potters Fields alongside City Hall. An extension would be attached to the redundant and listed grammar school building facing Tooley Street.

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