A derelict office building next to Southwark tube station is to become a community events hub for one year, in advance of Development Securities and Transport for Londonís plans to create a mixed-use scheme at the site.
The programme of events at the vacant Algarve House building include residencies for local art groups and the Young Vic theatre, as well as plans for it to become a venue for the "Merge" festival: a month-long series of exhibitions, performances and events, now in its fifth year.
Longer term plans for the mixed-use development include the land around and above Southwark Underground.
A spokesperson for Transport for London and Development Securities said: “We’re exploring opportunities to bring forward a development around and above Southwark tube station that would include new employment and housing opportunities as well as considerable new public realm and local amenity space.
“Opening up Algarve House for a diverse programme of community activity in the meantime is a major part of the planning for this. We want local people to be as involved as possible in determining the building’s use over the coming months and are looking forward to the official opening.”
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