JTP’s four-tower Old Kent Road scheme gets the green light

Ground-floor amenities could include a new GP surgery, a grocery store, a café, and a 92mcommunity hub, as well as a range of facilities for students.

Two of the buildings will be for student accommodation – rising to 33 and 19 storeys each – with one stepped 20-storey tower for social rent affordable homes and one 16-storey block for shared ownership affordable homes.

The new developments will all sit within a 1.14km2 stretch of the Old Kent Road, earmarked as an Opportunity Area by the Mayor of London in the London Plan.

Project Data

The brownfield project will involve demolition of an existing petrol station and former HSS tool hire store. Planning documents said 95 per cent of existing materials had potential to be re-used in the construction process.

The plans propose 941 student bedrooms and 200 new homes – all of which would be affordable, equating to 40 per cent housing by habitable room, taking into consideration the student accommodation.

The proposal, dubbed Devonshire Place, would deliver 1,141 new homes, including student flats, across four buildings ranging from 16 to 33 storeys tall on a 7000m2 site opposite the proposed new Bakerloo Line extension station on Old Kent Road.

The 1,100-home scheme for Shaw Corporation and delivery partner Regal London, which was unveiled earlier this year, was approved at a meeting of one of the south London borough’s planning committees on Tuesday (12 December).

Southwark Council originally consented to an Allies and Morrison scheme including four buildings on part of the same site, including a 39-storey tower, in February 2022. However the site was acquired by Regal London in late 2022.

Location 747-759 and 765-775 Old Kent Road, London
Local authority London Borough of Southwark
Type of project Residential
Client Regal Barkwest
Architect JTP
Landscape architect Turkington Martin
Planning consultant Lichfields
Structural engineer Pell Frischmann
M&E consultant Whitecode
Quantity surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Principal designer Sweco
Main contractor Regal London
Gross internal floor area 51,383m²


As part of the regeneration, a Farrells-led team was chosen to draw up a design code for a prominent site in April, while dRMM and McCloy + Muchemwa won a competition to design the second phase of an estate regeneration project in May.

The ongoing council-led regeneration of the Old Kent Road area has seen a number of towers getting the OK in recent years. At least 15 buildings of 19 storeys or more in and around the area were given planning approval up to 2020.