Since the early summer of 2022, THP London have been working on proposals for a last-mile, multi-level logistics facility located on Mandela Way, Bermondsey, South London for British Land, which has this week been approved by Southwark Council.

The proposed development is to provide approximately 15,000 sqm of light industrial and logistics warehouse space, as well as offices and affordable workspace.

The scheme takes influence from the GLA’s industrial intensification strategy for London, focusing on vertical circulation to be able to stack industrial space – ensuring smaller sites are accommodated efficiently within the M25.

In addition, the project aims to reduce HGVs on the local network through promoting sustainable transport methods, such as small vans and E-Cargo bikes. Once completed, the development will be a flagship logistics scheme for the area, through its innovative design and prominent location opposite a future tube station as part of the Bakerloo Line Extension.

A detailed planning application was submitted in March 2023, following an extensive consultation process with London Borough Southwark (LBS), GLA and TFL, local councillors and the surrounding community, with approval granted on 3rd October.

Commenting on the approved designs, Lewis Huntington, development manager at British Land said: “To design a best-in-class and a first in the UK facility within tight timescales and a set budget is an outstanding achievement. Even more impressive when you have a constrained site in a Central London location, but The Harris Partnership team have worked tirelessly to produce a functional yet aesthetic building that challenges traditional logistics architecture and fits beautifully into its surroundings. Many thanks to Ian and the team.”

Following approval, British Land is aiming to start on site by the end of the year, with Stage 04 design already well underway.