Historical records show a mix of former uses for the New City Court site including a former church, burial ground and a coaching inn with stableyard. Throughout history openings through the site became a recurring characteristic of the site’s
Records from 1881 documented the demise of the yards as their coaching inn functions became redundant with the arrival of the railway at London Bridge. Despite calls for their preservation, the yards were subject to substantial clearance and ceased to function as destinations in their own right.
Over recent decades, the nature and use of Kings Head Yard has changed and today it provides little more than a backland service route for the site and other buildings along it.
The building footprint of the existing 1980s office block removed usable outdoor spaces and closed off historic routes into the site.
Our proposal for the site includes establishing a yard arrangement, reminiscent of the historic yards, and improvements to accessibility and routes through the site.
The Georgian terrace that fronts the western end of St Thomas Street was originally built to house the doctors who worked at Guys and St Thomas's Hospital.
Our analysis of the Grade II listed terrace, together with historical drawings from the 1980s redevelopment, has identified that these buildings’ internal layout and some exterior features were largely altered/rebuilt in the 1980s.
In addition, Keats House, an 1800s Victorian Villa on site, was signficantly altered in the 1980s, with the rear of the building removed and replaced with a concrete structure. Only the original brick and stone facade of the buidling remains.
As part of our proposals we intend to refurbish and revitalise the existing historic buildings on site, re-establishing the orignal internal layouts of the buildings, and creating new rear facades with a sympathetic London stock brick akin with the original buildings. This will provide high-quality retail and commercial space that we anticipate will be suitable for small local businesses and start up enterprises.
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