Ardmore has been awarded the £85m main contract to redevelop the former Southwark Fire Station, into a major mixed-use development called Brigade Court
Brigade Court is the first development in the new joint venture vehicle between Goldman Sachs International and Urbanwise Developments.
The plans include a comprehensive refurbishment of the former Southwark Fire Station, Headquarters, museum and training facility originally built in 1777. It also includes the development of a 10-storey residential building to create 199 new apartments, commercial space and a new school to house 1,150 students.
A new 10,700 sq m secondary school, designed by Peter Taylor Associates, blends tradition with expertise, incorporating space within the existing fire station as well as a new building that is being constructed using prefabricated offsite modular technology.
On the adjacent Grotto site, Ardmore will also deliver a 15,600 sq ft sports centre with a multi-use games area and outdoor artificial pitch for use by both the school and local community.
Ardmore recently began construction work on the Brigade Court scheme with an estimated completion of Q2 2021. The school is due to open in Q3 2020.
Patrick Byrne, managing director of Ardmore, said: “We are delighted to be working with Goldman Sachs International and Urbanwise on this significant scheme, which promises to provide a new and iconic landmark for Southwark.
“Our appointment on the job underlines our ability to de-risk complex projects, combining our extensive experience of major heritage refurbishment and unlocking logistically challenging new build schemes.”
Keith Ewart, managing director of Urbanwise, commented: “The JV is excited to be working with Ardmore on our first joint development. Ardmore’s approach, together with their considerable experience in the delivery of major mixed-use, residential developments are already proving significant in driving the development forward.”