SC1 has the green light for their Vinegar Yard scheme – as the Mayor of London signs off their reworked design almost two years after the initial planning refusal.

SC1 is a collaborative group made up of:

King’s Health Partners
Lambeth Council
Southwark Council
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation
It aims to create a global quarter of high-impact healthcare innovation – and the KPF designed scheme for the Life Science and Innovation District now looks set to go ahead.

The scheme includes a 20-storey life sciences led building which will deliver 8,207sq m of office floorspace and 13,500sq m of floorspace for medical activities and R&D.

Changes to the scheme from its initial rejection include an increase in affordable workspace, the removal of a live music area and a tweak to the height of the building.

Design principal John Bushell said securing planning for the Vinegar Yard scheme had been a “long journey” but also a hugely rewarding one.

“Life sciences are an increasingly important element in the UK property sector, and our experience around the world tells us that life sciences innovation blossoms within a thriving mixed-use neighbourhood,” he said.

“That is central to our approach at Vinegar Yard, and we are looking forward to seeing it take shape.

“Connecting the benefits of the development with Southwark’s diverse community is just as vital to the success of our building and the SC1 District. We have listened and directly responded to local aspirations so that the scheme delivers lasting improvements to the borough.”