Allies and Morrison adds Roman ruins display to Southwark scheme

The structure will be integrated into the practice’s The Liberty of Southwark project, a previously approved office-led scheme round the corner from Allies and Morrison’s own studio near Borough Market.

An amended planning application for the entire scheme, now featuring the pavilion, was given fresh planning consent by Southwark Council on Wednesday evening (31 January).

As well as a 17,700m² ‘net zero’ office building at its centre, the project includes 34 new homes (50 per cent affordable), gardens and community spaces. It also involves the restoration of a heritage building at 15 Southwark Street and the ‘opening up of new public yards and lanes throughout the site’.

Other additions to the amended application include a second staircase and a lift lobby, to address updated building regulations since the plans were first approved in 2021, and a cycle hub for residents and workers in the area.

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The pavilion will allow the permanent display of ‘one-of-a-kind Roman mausoleum and mosaics’ which were discovered on the site in February 2022.

Investigations into the remains of the tomb were led by Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) on behalf of clients Landsec and Transport for London (TfL), which owns the site.

The mausoleum consists of walls, interior flooring and steps down to a central mosaic surrounded by raised platforms on which burials were placed, and is ‘the most intact Roman mausoleum to ever be discovered in Britain’, according to the developers.

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Allies and Morrison director and head of workplace Hayden French said the practice’s ambition for The Liberty site was ‘to deliver a tight-knit group of contextually responsive buildings to further enrich the Bankside neighbourhood’.

He added: ‘The discovery of incredible archaeology along the way will bring even more life to a place rich with history.’

Allies & Morrison partner Alex Wraight added: ‘Bankside is our home. We live and breathe its streets and character every day. So, this project is very special to us.’

Landsec managing director of workplace Marcus Geddes said the addition of ‘a community space to celebrate the site’s incredible history’ would mean ‘a new place to work and spend time, attracting people from near and far [and] boosting activity for local businesses’.