Redevelopment for South Kensington tube

Gateway to the museums: architect’s impression of new eastbound District Line platform at South Kensington.

TRANSPORT FOR London is to partner with investment and development company Native Land on the redevelopment of South Kensington station and surrounding land. Listed building consent and prior approval has also been granted for proposals to upgrade the station, including a larger ticket hall and a new platform.

The upgrade, designed by Weston Williamson + Partners, will provide a new dedicated eastbound platform for Circle and District Line services, relieving pressure on the current island platform. An associated canopy and escape stairs will also be provided, with the ticket hall extension featuring a repositioned gateline, lifts, a designated waiting area and new platform stairs. This work is due to start in spring 2018.

The development partnership with Native Land will deliver step-free access to the Circle and District Lines via a new entrance on Thurloe Street, and according to TfL will see the surrounding land ‘sensitively developed, reflecting its status as an iconic gateway to one of London’s most beloved cultural areas’. Improvements to station buildings will include the retail arcade and restoration and enhancement of the station’s historic architecture, while improved access to the pedestrian subway leading to local destinations, including the museums, will be a further benefit.

Subject to contracts, TfL will work with Native Land and its preferred architecture firm, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, to develop proposals for the site. Subject to consultation and engagement with the local community and then subsequent planning permission, the development could be complete in 2022.

TfL says subject to funding and planning permissions step-free access could also be delivered to the Piccadilly Line platforms by 2025.