We have ambitious plans for the Doon Street site (adjacent to the National Theatre). This will transform the public realm and, using social enterprise principles, secure community facilities and programmes on a long-term basis.
This phased major mixed-use development includes a new public swimming pool and indoor leisure centre, new headquarters for Rambert (completed 2013), homes, retail spaces and a new public square. Our community is already reaping the benefits of phase 1 with the community dance programme provided by Rambert, the country’s leading contemporary dance company.
With a single overall design by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, the scheme is being implemented in three separate phases:
Phase 1 – new HQ for Rambert
Completed in 2013, Rambert’s new home also includes three dance studios and Rambert’s extensive archive. The partnership with Coin Street delivers a community engagement programme including a range of dance classes and workshops for toddlers to ‘Mercury Movers’, sessions at local schools, and tickets to Rambert’s performances.
Phase 2 – indoor public swimming and leisure centre, homes and retail
This phase 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. The capital and revenue costs of the indoor pool and leisure centre will be met by income from the sale of the homes. We are currently exploring the viability of including further co-operative housing within this phase. Retail and catering units at ground level will complete the mix.
Phase 3 – education/office building, ground floor public uses, a new town square
This is the final phase and creates a new education building and a new town square including a pedestrian bridge and lifts connecting it to Waterloo Bridge. A significant part of this part of the site will be required to facilitate the building of phase 2. Currently the site is benefitting from a meanwhile use: The Green Room, a neighbourhood restaurant operated by Coin Street in collaboration with the National Theatre.