Southwark Towers – TP Bennett & Son, London Bridge Station

Southwark Towers – TP Bennett & Son, London Bridge Station

Stephen Furnell of Furnell Associates has been hit hard by London’s Shard, lamenting loss of the belle of London Bridge Stations three sisters: “Southwark Towers, the HQ of Price Waterhouse, London, was a 25 storey office tower built as part of a group around London Bridge Station.

A view from a different angle

A view from a different angle

“Guy’s Hospital Tower and Seifert’’s London Bridge House were the others. It is ironic that of the three, the two most unlovely buildings, by anybody’s standards, are still standing.

“Designed in 1969-70 this was a reinforced concrete structure and an early example of energy-saving design. Clad with glass and brick on a Y-shaped plan, with sun-shading balconies and cantilevered glass panels to reduce cooling loads.

“The reflective glass of the outriggers that clad the building’s main facades produced spectacular patterns in the sunlight and shaded the building from solar gain, as well as giving window cleaning access.

“Stephen Furnell spent five and a half years as lead designer, along with Len Abbott the Partner -in -charge, and many other designers, and although he no longer works for the firm who built it, is heartbroken to see it go. The site is now the location for Renzo Piano’s Shard of Glass. Let’s hope his glass looks as good.”