Piazza plans revised

Thu 28 January 2016, 3:04 pm

A revised planning application for the redevelopment of Tower Bridge Piazza and Courage Yard at Shad Thames is expected soon, following public consultations.

Columbia Threadneedle Property Investments had applied to the council for planning permission to reconfigure the space and build a new pavilion, but have reviewed proposals following objections from a group which campaigns to preserve 20th century architecture. 

A consultation took place before Christmas over the project, where comments were raised which related to factors including the removal of the fountain, the proposed colour scheme and the size, use and design of the pavilion building.

All issues raised have been considered in the new proposals. The fountain will now be retained in its original location with works taken out to refurbish and restore it; a new colour palette has been chosen and it has been suggested that the pavilion building will now function as either a cafe or a shop. The design, scales, proportion and architecture of the pavilion have also been re-examined. 

Another concern raised during the consultation was the potential for nuisance and disturbance at the site. To counteract this, the hours of use of the pavilion building will be restricted. A name change is also being considered, as well as wayfinding to signal the entrance to the Cooperage Court offices based at the yard. 

A separate planning application will focus on alterations to existing shopfronts. Both applications will be submitted at the same time.