Designed for Mitsubishi Estate, working with development manager CO—RE, the commercially-led, mixed-use, all-electric scheme is targeting net zero operational carbon, BREEAM Outstanding and WELL Platinum.
A 6-storey podium grounds the project with a 25-storey building to the south and a 14-storey block on the river frontage. Numerous terraces and balconies have been introduced throughout, with extensive landscaping to promote biodiversity and wellbeing. Permeability and public realm have been prioritised with 40% of the site at ground floor dedicated to new pedestrian routes and two new public squares.
At the heart of the scheme is the London Studios, a culture and innovation hub, including affordable workspace for creative and cultural production, as well as on-site event and exhibition spaces. The new 3-storey facility has been tailored to the needs of emerging creative industries through extensive research and an on-site residency programme with Lambeth-based organisations including Black Cultural Archives, Iconic Steps and Young Creators UK.
Respecting the character of the South Bank was a key driver for the project, with Lasdun’s IBM Building and National Theatre inspiring the stepped and layered sculptural form. The building has a high-performance double-skin facade, with integrated solar shading to reduce energy consumption and operable windows for natural ventilation to improve occupant wellbeing. Each facade is tailored to respond to its orientation, with varying levels of solidity while still maximising daylight and views out. An innovative lightweight structural solution substantially reduces embodied carbon, while air-source heat pumps and energy-efficient building systems contribute to the net zero operational carbon target.
Frank Filskow at Make said: “The design is a direct response to the unique character of the South Bank. It will create a better place for people to work and visit, with new public realm that connects into the South Bank, riverfront cafes, a rooftop restaurant with outdoor terrace, all accessible to the general public.”
Yuichiro Shioda at Mitsubishi Estate said: “Not only will 72 Upper Ground create world-class workspace, it will benefit the whole community through introducing new open spaces, public realm, retail as well as arts and cultural offerings to the South Bank.”
Stephen Black at CO—RE said: “72 Upper Ground will be a great addition to the South Bank’s current cultural offering, bringing new workspace, jobs and investment to one of London’s most famous destinations. Our scheme will transform the site into a place where creative organisations can thrive.”
The project is targeting completion in 2026.