Thrale Street Conservation Area
This month, we submitted an 8-page suggested review of the bounds of the Thrale Street Conservation Area to a Senior Design and Conservation Officer at Southwark Council on May 2012. The Gagarin Square proposal sits within a former late-19th century factory site, the original building having been removed in the early 1970s. It is an anomaly within the bounds of a Conservation Area whose criteria can curb motivation for innovative design and construction (see Planning and Cromwell Buildings for more). Our submitted review included a challenge from Gagarin Square’s Russian architect, Nikita Yavein of Studio 44: if the Council redrew the boundaries of the conservation area, thereby freeing 53-57 Southwark Street and the adjacent 1980s City Bridge House at 81 Southwark Bridge Road, then Studio 44 would eagerly enter into a competition with other architectural firms who wished to challenge the Gagarin design.