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South Bank Tower
Designed by renowned architect Kohn Pederson Fox
Interiors by Johnson Naylor
South Bank Tower, London, SE1
London borough of Southwark
Studio – £400
1 Bed – £600
2 Bed – £800
3 Bed – £1,000
Penthouse – £1,200
Service Charge – Residential: circa £6.85 psf pa
Up to 24 Underground Car Parking Spaces as well as 222 cycle parking spaces. Parking available to apartments 32h floor and over
A mixed scheme of 191 apartments.
Southwark Underground is approx. 0.3 miles (approx 7 min walk) from the development and is serviced by the Jublilee Line, whilst Blackfriars is approx. 0.4 miles (9 min walk)and provides access to underground, overground and Thames Link.
Waterloo Station is approx. 0.4 miles (8 min walk) providing access to the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern, Waterloo & City Lines, as well as Overground Services.
|24 Concierge Service||Secure Access Controlled Basement Car Park||Business Suite & Lounge with dining facilities||Private Gymnasium & Fully Fitted Exercise Room|
|20 Metre Swimming Pool Lit by Natural Daylight||Sauna & Steam Room||222 Cycle Parking Spaces|
South Bank Tower, an Overview
Sitting between Upper Ground and Stamford Street in SE1, South Bank Tower takes its name and in turn, ownership, of this iconic London District that is long renowned for its cultural offering, iconic architecture and World famous landmarks.
And, from the upper floors of South Bank Tower, you can see every one of them. With views, spanning for miles across London, South Bank Tower makes use of a once underused office building as a core around which a new mixed-use development continues to add to the vibrancy of the neighbourhood.
42 storeys high and with just 191 apartments every apartment in South Bank Tower benefits from spectacular views as the private, residential units start from the 20th floor. Below is the commercial space meaning that privacy, exclusivity and spaciousness are guaranteed.
Floors 20-31 provide 11 storeys of either radial or corner configured apartments. Each, with two or three bedrooms and all with winter gardens and floor to ceiling windows ensuring maximum use of natural light.
Beyond the 31st floor lie the ‘black edition’ apartments and penthouse suites… an even more luxurious offering in this already iconic Central London building.
A History of South Bank Tower
Originally built in 1971 and known as Kings Reach, the newly remodelled South Bank Tower was even then a vision of the future.
Designed by Architect, Richard Seifert, Kings Reach was a number of significant skyscrapers designed by Seifert that include, Centrepoint, Tower 42 and Drapers’ Gardens. These monumental structures along with municipal building that include Euston Station and the recently demolished Blackfriars Station helped to define London’s cityscape throughout the 60’s and 70’s.
For many years, Kings Reach/South Bank Tower was home to IPC media, one of Europe’s biggest publishing companies.
One of IPC’s most famous, or rather cultish publications was the comic, 2000AD, featuring Judge Dredd. The comics wry take on the future and it’s tongue-in-cheek references to its own day-to-day activities was an instant hit both in the UK and the rest of the world. Its Editor, known as ‘Tharg’ and Kings Reach, ‘the nerve centre’. Writers and illustrators featured throughout the comic as robots, a veiled reference to the fact that in 1970’s & 80’s Britain the publishing industry, owners and unions were at loggerheads and staff were often on strike, meaning sometimes issues were delayed or not published.
Although this may seem a little prosaic now many of the items featured in the comic had not yet been invented. Indeed its name, 2000ad suggests just how shortsighted we were back then as 30 years into the future now seems easy to envisage, though admittedly not half as exciting!
Back in the here and now, it somehow seems fitting that a 1970’s tower block home to a futuristic, Masochistic, fictional Judge should become part of London’s redevelopment. In or out of Europe London will maintain its status as a global, progressive, forward-looking city and the current developers assigning 999 year leases, clearly see South Bank Tower as lasting well beyond 3000AD!
Living & Investing In South Bank Tower
Rising from a large, lower-level podium, the actual tower of South Bank Tower is set back from the road. And, despite being 42 storeys high is strangely discreet!
Like many tall buildings in a city environment, other buildings of all different styles of architecture surround it. In doing so, South Bank Tower has already become part of the fabric of the city and despite some furore over the extra storeys when initial mooted, now the new upper floors seem make it seem like the original structure had never reached its full potential!
The developers have made clever use of the existing core. Re-cladding it and using an extremely intricate (relative to its scale) cut and carve technique. The new, upper floors were added by using an ingenious cantilever structure and where possible, used prefabricated utility elements that allow build at ground level and simply slot into place.
Such ingenuity is not only on the outside as each apartment meets and exceeds the expectations of prospective purchasers and residents.
Verticality and Light are the key themes throughout the whole development and so floor to ceiling windows, glass dividers and full height entrance doors reiterate this theme in a consistently elegant manner.
Two other key themes emerge from the South Bank Brochure, that of Tactility and Utility. Wooden floors provide both. While the lacquered full height closet spaces in the bedrooms provide storage generous space, a utility that many modern apartments lack. Marble panels, chrome fittings and LED halo lighting all add to the feel appeal and collectively the elements combine to create tranquil, private homes with a glimpse of the glamour and style that their residents are known for.
The Black Edition apartments take this understated luxury one step futher, with duplex and lateral configurations providing stunning homes to a lucky few.
For the Black Edition, Studio Ashby and Johnson Naylor have designed show apartments, both respected interior design studios with credits that include projects in some of London’s most desirable apartment buildings. Though frankly, nothing to date has surpassed the kudos that South Bank Tower can bestow.
However, the penthouse apartments of South Bank Tower take the understated luxury and brutally smash it against the 6-metre high walls to redefine luxury!
Design Haus Liberty and 1508 London are the guest designers of the concept apartments here and have designed spaces that are manage to beguile, entertain and yet also relax and calm any occupant. The spaces flow (no prohibitive doors and walls closing off spaces unnecessarily in these homes!) allowing dramatic art pieces, sculpture and lighting to define the spaces for living, entertaining and relaxing.
Materials are of course the best that money can buy, but as with any apartment of this calibre, the Penthouses in South Bank Tower can of course be bought as a core or as a finished concept. The developers know anyone purchasing here will have reached a pinnacle in their own careers and lives and will expect such an apartment to reflect that with bespoke finishes, private commissions and exclusive designs.
South Bank Tower & Beyond
With South Bank Tower hosting private resident’s gardens, gym, pool, screening rooms and a concierge service described as the best in London, there is no reason to ever leave ones apartment!
However, South Bank Tower can also boast at having some of the best cultural venues, best restaurants and best shops all within walking distance.
It is particularly worth noting that the newly opened Mondrian Hotel at Sea Containers house is the sister hotel to the South Bank Tower providing the 5 star room service that is expected of such a development. The Mondrian is I am sure, already familiar to well-travelled South Bank Tower residents as part of the American, Morgan Hotels Group. With its Dandelyan (sic) bar already winning numerous awards including best cocktail menu the Mondrian is sure to become a home from home for South Bank Tower dwellers.
Further afield, but not too far, (Louboutin’s were made for adoring not walking,) Tate Modern has to be regarded as London’s most stylish tourist attraction.
Though truthfully the really cool, the next Damien Hirst’s the next Rita Ora’s are more likely to be found in the denizens of Zone three and four opening shops and hanging art in independent cafes than tripping the light fantastic in Chiltern Firehouse.
South Bank Tower residents may indeed become the patron’s of those future stars, but to discover them might take more than cab ride to your gallery owner in Mayfair.
But, let’s not get cynical, after all, the opening party for the South Bank Tower did indeed attract fashionistas and entertainers alike including models, Lily Cole, and Erin O’Connor. Brit Award winner Paloma Faith, gave a private performance of her hits including; Only Love Can Hurt Like This and Changing.
And, that’s the thing about South Bank Tower, it’s unashamed opulence is cool, attracting everyone from tech-entrepreneurs, pink pound financiers and old money inheritors alongside the newly minted creatives and affluent artistic directors. South Bank Tower may just have lived up to 2000AD’s vision of the future.
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Luxury homes with the best view in London
But the opportunity to enjoy views over London’s iconic skyline from the warmth of your own luxury apartment should not be dismissed, particularly if that home has a residents-only roof garden.
The best views over the city are found in the prime residential area that the South Bank of the River Thames is developing into.
But don’t take our word for it. George Kyriacou, managing director for developments at CIT which is responsible for South Bank Tower, says: “The south bank of the Thames is no longer second best. It is now a prime residential area.”
Demand for luxury homes on the South Bank is being driven by the exceptional standards of many of the residential projects currently under construction and the fact that they will benefit from what many are calling the Nine Elms effect.
More than £15bn is being ploughed into the regeneration of 195 hectares of land between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge.
When complete by 2020, Nine Elms – which includes Albert Embankment – will be home to the US and Dutch embassies plus about 16,000 new high rise homes, 1.5m square feet of retail space, 2.5m square feet of office space, restaurants and leisure attractions.
Two new Tube stations are also under construction connecting Nine Elms to the 3km extension to the Northern Line. This level of investment promises to deliver significant long-term benefits, not just in terms of property values but also in demand for rental properties within easy reach of both central London and the new diplomatic quarter.
One development well placed to benefit from the work underway at Nine Elms is Merano Residences – a collection of 40 luxury two and three-bed apartments and duplexes, ranging from 110sq m (1150sq ft) to 345sq m (3700sq ft), on the Albert Embankment.
Directly opposite Tate Britain and offering views of the Houses of Parliament, the scheme has been designed by Graham Stirk of world renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – the firm behind other iconic residential schemes in London such as One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, Neo Bankside on the South Bank and Riverlight in Nine Elms.
A short history of Merano Residences
Merano Residences is being built on the site of Eastbury House, a former 1960s office block that has now been demolished.
When complete at the start of 2017, the new building – which will include office space on the lower floors – will be made up of three stepped bays ranging from 14 to 28 storeys in height.
Under Graham Stirk’s direction, strong geometric lines will combine with external columns and bronze coloured metal mesh side panels to create a distinctive new addition to the London riverside.
Step inside the landmark building, which takes its new name from a town in Italy just a few miles south of the Austrian border, and residents will come across the best of British design.
The double-height lobby will contain a large piazza with a specially-commissioned art installation and a café plus the 24-hour concierge residents will benefit from.
Sales Prices From £2.016.000
An enviable location
But the real selling point of this development is not the secure underground parking on offer or the fact each apartment will feature a highly sophisticated palette of the finest hand-selected materials. It is the location of Merano Residences.
The development is being built on a stretch of the Albert Embankment where the River Thames runs north to south. This means the apartments facing the river face west, allowing residents to watch the sun go down on summer evenings.
The Albert Embankment’s location in the centre of London also means that travelling within the capital could not be easier. A short stroll takes you to Westminster and the South Bank, while the Thames river boat at St George Wharf Pier and the Underground station at Vauxhall are both less than five minutes away.
International travel is also convenient with no less than three major airports being less than 60 minutes away.
When residents return home, they have access to unrivalled views of the city from spacious balconies plus a private skygarden that sits 140ft above the River Thames.
This is why demand for properties in Merano Residences – where each home will occupy at least one whole coloured level in the landmark building – is likely to be high. To secure your luxury home in the heart of London, contact Garton Jones on or fill in the form below.
South Bank luxury homes are out of this world
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Sales Prices From £660.000
Rental Prices From £450 Per Week
Before it was transformed into a truly luxury development containing a residents-only lounge that opens directly onto one of London’s largest private roof gardens, South Bank Tower was the headquarters of IPC Media.
IPC was one of Europe’s largest publishing companies and its titles included the best-selling science fiction comic 200AD. For those unfamiliar with sci-fi or British comics, 200AD’s fictional editor was Tharg the Mighty – a green-skinned character from Quaxxan whose favourite food was polystyrene cups.
The comic’s human writers and editor depicted King’s Reach Tower (as the building was previously known) as the nerve centre of its alien editor Tharg. As a result of him appearing in almost every issue of 200AD, along with Judge Dredd, Tharg spent a total of 30 years in what is now South Bank Tower.
Back to the future and when complete at the end of this year, South Bank Tower will provide its residents with a multitude of luxury facilities.
These include private dining facilities, a business suite, a private gym and fully fitted exercise room, a 20m swimming pool, sauna and steam room accessed via the secure residential lobby that has been designed by award-winning architects KPF, a 24-hour concierge and porter service plus 360-degree views of London. A limited number of secure car parking spaces will be available in the basement, which will be allocated to selected apartments.
From comic strips to 41 storeys above London
The mixed-use development of 191 luxury apartments rises 41 storeys above the Thames and also includes 220,000 sq ft of office space and a 10,000 sq ft supermarket within the 36,000 sq ft of retail space.
Inspired by the skyline, every room in every apartment has windows that stretch from floor to ceiling, which maximise the views of the City of London to the north, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge to the east, Battersea Power Station to the south and the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament to the west.
In the quest to create contemporary luxury at its very best, the interiors of the apartments at South Bank Tower – which range from 414 sq ft studios to 2140 sq ft three-bed penthouses – combine pure design and quiet elegance. And no expense has been spared on the finish. Materials used include oiled timber floors, lacquered kitchen finishes and porcelain tiles in the well-equipped bathrooms.
A perfect location to redefine luxury living
South Bank Tower’s enviable location on the banks of the Thames means that London’s highlights both north and south of the river are just a short walk away. These include the music and arts scene of the Southbank Centre, the gastronomic temptations of Borough Market, the retail delights of Covent Garden and the internationally respected financial institutions of the City of London.
No less than six of Europe’s top 40 universities – Imperial, UCL, King’s College, LSE, Royal Holloway and Queen Mary – are just a stone’s throw away, making the South Bank ideal for those seeking world-class academic facilities. South Bank Tower is also close to the key transport links of Waterloo, London Bridge and Blackfriars stations, so travelling further afield is equally easy.
South Bank Tower redefines high-rise living through a blend of architecture and interior design, reflecting the unique artistic heritage of this cosmopolitan area of London. For more information about securing a unit in this breathtaking development, contact Garton Jones by calling us on or filling in the form above. We promise all signs of alien life and polystyrene cups have been replaced by an out-of-this-world London residence.