The Doon Street site [adjacent to the National Theatre] has remained largely derelict for over 50 years. Now a partnership between Coin Street Community Builders, GLL and Rambert is planning a mixed development to transform the public realm and secure and sustain community facilities and programmes on a long term basis.
In addition to our general social, environmental and economic objectives, CSCB has agreed specific objectives for the Doon Street site.
Objectives for the Doon Street site
- to create a new public swimming pool and indoor leisure centre to be owned by Coin Street Centre Trust and managed by GLL as part of a network of new facilities to support the growing residential and working populations of this part of central London;
- to provide a site for Rambert to locate its headquarters and three dance studios on London’s South Bank in return for providing an on-going dance education and training programme for the local community;
- to create sufficient funds to develop the site and to subsidise on-going revenue costs for the public swimming and indoor leisure facilities, local community programmes and Coin Street Community Builders’ responsibilities with respect to the public realm;
- to create a substantial increase in the residential population of the area to support the local economy;
- to provide commercial floor space to enhance economic activity in the area;
- to create an attractive ‘gateway’ into the Coin Street site with significantly improved public realm, open space and active pedestrian frontages; and
- to improve accessibility and connections to the various pedestrian routes that converge around the site including Waterloo Bridge, the ‘bullring’ and Upper Ground.
CSCB’s proposals have evolved and have been refined over many years. They are based on needs and aspirations expressed in public meetings, surveys and consultations and are strongly supported by planning policies at national, regional and borough levels. The proposals seek to secure and sustain community facilities and programmes on a long term basis utilising social enterprise principles. They have been informed by careful study of the history and environment of the wider South Bank and they have been prepared using the skills of leading designers working to a brief prepared by those who will have long-term responsibility for managing and maintaining the facilities: CSCB, GLL and Rambert.
Although there is a single overall design, it has always been intended to implement the scheme in three separate phases:
Incorporating a public swimming and indoor leisure centre, ground floor retail, and flats for sale. PA1 received planning consent in 2008 but was subject to challenge in the High Court and Court of Appeal. In January 2011 the Supreme Court confirmed that it would not consider any further challenge. CSCB has reviewed the detailed design and applied for consent to make minor variations to the approved scheme. These do not affect the exterior appearance of the building but seek to create a more efficient internal design and a more balanced mix of flat sizes. Implementation is likely to commence in 2015/16.
Incorporating three dance studios and Rambert’s archive and headquarters, PA2 opened in December 2013. CSCB and Rambert have agreed a significant ongoing community engagement programme including a range of dance classes, workshops, and tickets to Rambert’s regular performances at Sadler’s Wells.
Includes an education/office building, ground floor public uses, a new town square and a pedestrian bridge and lifts connecting the town square to Waterloo Bridge. A significant part of the site is required to facilitate the building of the Rambert building and implementation of this scheme is unlikely to start until the Rambert development has been completed.