Native Land to upgrade TfL’s South Kensington Tube station


Transport for London (TfL) has selected Native Land as its preferred joint venture partner to develop the land owned by TfL around South Kensington Tube station.

The development will provide step-free access to the District and Circle line platforms through a new entrance on Thurloe Street.

Under the programme, the station will be upgraded and the surrounding land developed, in addition to improving access to the pedestrian subway leading to local destinations, including the Science Museum, Imperial College, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, South Kensington Tube station is one of the busiest stations on the Tube network.

The development will also improve the properties around the station, including the four-storey buildings at 20-34 Thurloe Street, with the potential to create new opportunities along TfL’s stretch of land on Pelham Street to Thurloe Square and on the Bullnose building.

The site includes main station entrances through the Grade II listed shopping arcade, and a second entrance via the Grade II listed pedestrian subway.

TfL will work with Native Land and architecture firm, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, to develop proposals for the site.

Consultation and engagement with the local community will take place later in 2018.

The development, including step-free access to the District and Circle line, is expected to be completed in 2022, subject to planning permission.

In January 2018, TfL secured Listed Building Consent from Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for proposals to upgrade South Kensington station.

Designed by architects Weston Williamson, the upgrade work will include rebuilding a new eastbound District and Circle line platform, and expanding the ticket hall and gate line to facilitate quicker, more pleasant journeys for customers using the station and this work is due to start in 2018.

A modern signalling system is currently being installed on the District and Circle lines.

The new system is expected to increase train frequency, provide more capacity and make journeys quicker across 40% of the Tube network.

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