Plans have been submitted for a mixed hotel and apartment skyscraper at 87 Newington Causeway in Elephant and Castle. The tower will have retail on the ground floor, followed by 11 floors of hotel rooms, with the top 13 floors being residential apartments.
The site sits immediately north of the railway line, and just south of Southwark Playhouse. While the address is located on Newington Causeway, only a comparatively small frontage will be fronting this street, with a significantly larger frontage onto Tiverton Street. 33 of the apartments will be private, 7 social rented and 8 intermediate (either for intermediate rent or shared ownership). The hotel will provide 140 rooms.
SPPARC Architecture has drawn up the scheme which will rise to 82.3m. The tower is designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent rating for sustainability. Residents will be able to enjoy views over London from a communal roof garden.
The building is located just across the tracks from a recently completed tower, and lies close to the under construction Two Fifty One tower, which is 17 floors taller than this proposal. Plans are also being worked up for a site owned by Peabody across Newington Causeway, and the design of this building has been planned to allow Southwark Playhouse to also redevelop with a tower should they wish to do so.
The design and colour scheme of the building is rather unusual, yet gradient coloured buildings are not unknown in London. A recently completed tower in Croydon used a red/pink/purple gradient, while Southwark Council is planning on recladding some of their council tower blocks in gradient panels.