Bankside Quarter (Sampson House and Ludgate House)

Southbank, SE1
The Carlyle Group
Planning consent achieved 2014; Disposal 2015
1.4m sq ft
c. £400m
Mixed use masterplan comprising residential, commercial, retail, arts, leisure and public realm

PLP, Architect
WSP, Structural engineer
Grontmij, Building services engineer
Robert Townshend, Landscape architect
Gardiner + Theobald, Cost consultant


Bankside Quarter (Sampson House and Ludgate House) makes the most of its adjacency to the railway station, creating a new 1.4 m sq ft of mixed use urban quarter. The nine-building multiphase development features residential towers of 48, 30 and 26 storeys, as well offices, retail and new public spaces.

With a step by step approach to feasibility review, M3 played an early, active role in unlocking potential massing, resolving risks and constraints and determining financial viability to meet the both the client’s business objectives and serve the local aspirations. Leading the team through extensive consultations and technical reviews, M3 helped ensure the scheme fully and creatively incorporated feedback from disparate stakeholders, to secure support for planning consent and the subsequent sale of the site.

Project highlights


  • Incorporating 300,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, 25,000 sq ft of ground floor retail, 16,000 sq ft of cultural facilities and 489 residential units across 5 buildings, including towers of 48, 30 and 26 storeys
  • Redevelopment of railway arches to improve site permeability
  • Over 9,500 sq m of public realm, including a major new public square and enhancement of the river walk adjacent to the Thames
  • Managed and co-ordinated all the property and planning legal issues
  • Led the negotiations with third parties, LB Southwark, GLA, neighbouring organisations, heritage groups, local land owners and residents
  • Undertook development appraisals to guide design team and ensure client’s business plan was met
  • Evolved design and construction methodology to enable phased delivery of development
  • Supported successful sale of the site, including conclusion of third party agreements with Network Rail