London Bridge Quarter re-generation scheme
The area in and around London Bridge Station is being transformed.
The South Bank of the Thames has always played a significant role in the rise of London as a world city - an economic, social and cultural magnet that draws people to live and work in the area.
These regeneration works will deliver the iconic Shard, a new bus station, a new corporate HQ office building and a new public piazza.
The Shard when completed in 2012 will be Western Europe's tallest building. Designed as a vertical city it will include world class office space, an exclusive collection of residential apartments and restaurants and viewing galleries offering unprecedented 360° views of London.
London Bridge Quarter stands at the heart of this vital community. The architectural masterworks of the Shard and The Place, the transformed transport hub, the new retail space and the landscaped public realm reveal the city's confidence and capacity for reinvention.
A new and attractive public realm binds all the elements of London Bridge Quarter. At its centre is the landscaped piazza, a calm and relaxing space which will feature art installations and mature planting. This new space extends to the Quarter's lower level where a social hub is created around the Shard's public entrances.
The 17-storey development, designed by leading international architect Renzo Piano, is currently under construction and, when completed in Spring 2013, will provide approximately 430,000 sq ft net of highly efficient office space.
Known as The Place, it is London's largest speculative office building currently being developed for delivery in 2013 and will be ready for occupation at a time when there is dearth of comparable Grade A prime building available for letting.
Importantly, The Place forms an integral part of London Bridge Quarter which comprises the iconic Shard, a new public piazza, a new station concourse and bus station and underground retail mall. The Place benefits not only from the excellent communications links - it sits on one of London's largest transport hubs - but also its proximity to the Shard with its range of fine dining restaurants and the Shangri-La five-star hotel, together with the whole South Bank renaissance.
London Bridge Station
More than 54 million people a year travel through London Bridge Station. redesigned, the station will become a key international transport hub.
A new glass roof over the train concourse, enhanced retail and new ticketing barriers will elevate London Bridge Station to the highest standards of international transport design and integrate it with the buildings and public realm at London Bridge Quarter.
Borough Market will celebrate its 1,000th anniversary in 2014, and the Jubilee Market redevelopment is just part of the overhaul of the place, which will also include more seating areas and facilities.
When the Thameslink railway viaduct through the market is complete, a new glazed market hall will be built on Borough High Street. The Jubilee Market, which is the name used to describe the part of Borough Market that sells raw fruits and vegetables, will get a new makeover complete with a new transparent roof similar to the one used for The Eden Project in Cornwall.