St Thomas’ Church, Southwark, London

Construction value:


Design team:


Gibson Thornley Architects Ltd



BSD were asked to provide detailed design services for the Grade II listed bell tower.

Due to the buildings listed status BSD had to provide a design that would rule out any of the services running through the fabric of the building.

The alternative was to leave the services exposed. This would be part practicability but also aesthetically pleasing and achieve a visually dramatic look.

There was also a need for two plant rooms. One located at the side of the lift shaft and a plant deck on the roof with bathroom extract. The decision to place two plant rooms in two different locations was due to the spatial issues associated with the building and the tower’s tall narrow structure.

To modernise the apartment BSD provided the following:

Electric underfloor heating

Electrically heated hot water generator

Above ground drainage and ventilation

Complete refurbishment of the lighting and power supplies

An intercom system from the ground floor to the kitchen and bedroom areas for security and access control.

The design also included a fire and sprinkler alarm system.