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Sumner Street


Embracing an ethos of doing more with less, the building embodies a long-life loose-fit approach to workspace.

Sumner Street

Located on Southwark Bridge Road, Sumner Street replaces a tired 1980’s warehouse and office building with two new buildings featuring a bronze anodised façade. The simple, clean volumes and carefully articulated façade recall the steel bridges and walkways that still cross many of Southwark’s narrow streets.

The form and massing of this work space scheme are a series of stepped volumes, improving the public space through and around the site, and reducing the scale of the buildings around the perimeter.

Reminiscent of the site’s former phosphor bronze factory, the façade is wrapped in an elegant ribbing of bronze anodised aluminium vertical fins. Subtly varied shades of bronze are applied in different combinations to each block, differentiating the volumes that form the buildings as well as the buildings from each other. The changing depth and rhythm of the fins add another layer of articulation of the blocks.

Working closely with Landsec, we evolved a project that embraces an ethos of doing more with less, of responding to the industrial character of the surrounding cultural buildings and a long-life loose-fit approach to workspace.


Southwark, London
Gross Floor Area:
204,500 sqft
Planning Consent March 2017

Project Team

  • Gerald Eve, Planning Consultant
  • Parmarbrook, Structural Engineer
  • Watkins Payne, M&E Consultant
  • Alinea, Quantity Surveyor


  • INK, Digital Imagery