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24-storey tower proposed for Hatfields and Paris Garden

James Hatts

Plans for a 24-storey office block between Hatfields and Paris Garden have been revealed.

24-storey tower proposed for Hatfields and Paris Garden
Bastille Court on Paris Garden - formerly Clays Print Works - is grade II listed for its innovative use of concrete
24-storey tower proposed for Hatfields and Paris Garden
Franciscan Court and Dominican Court on Hatfields are also grade II listed. They were designed by noted theatre architect Frank Matcham. The 24-storey tower would replace the red-brick buildings on the right hand side.

Site owners Overcourt Ltd have hired architects KPF – the same practice that worked on the nearby South Bank Tower scheme – to draw up plans for the new development.

The new office tower would be built immediately north of the student accommodation block and ballet school.

As part of the development the adjacent listed buildings at 16-17 Hatfields (Franciscan Court and Dominican Court) and 1-2 Paris Garden (Bastille Court) would be refurbished and converted to retail use at ground level, with a publicly accessible roof garden added above.

The bottom of the tower would feature a three-storey cutaway, offering a publicly accessible walkway between Hatfields and Paris Garden.

The developers describe their 24-storey proposal as "a secondary building, playing a supporting role to the taller landmark buildings proposed for the area".

The public exhibition of the proposals will be open again on Saturday 24 June. After the exhibition, the display panels will be published on the developer's website at www.parisgarden-se1.co.uk

A planning application is likely to be submitted to Southwark Council in the coming months.

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