Site Location

Chatelain House is located on Walworth Road in Southwark, bounded by Manor Place to the south and Amelia Street to the north

The site directly neighbours Walworth Police Station on Manor Place and other close neighbours including a dance hall on Amelia Street. There are several nearby businesses along Walworth Road and Ameila Street and local landmarks include the Walworth Town Hall; East Street Market; Walworth Community Garden; Walworth Road Masjid and Angelus Temple Foursquare Church. The site is located close to the boundary of the Walworth Road Conservation Area, which includes the Tankard Public House, on the corner of Walworth road and Amelia Street.

Current Site

Built in the 1980s, Chatelain House contains office, retail and office/warehouse space and has a 28-space car park to the rear. The building is currently largely derelict and all floorspace is vacant, with the exception of McDonalds on Walworth Road.

The site is well connected, with excellent access to public transport, being just 8 minutes’ walk from Elephant & Castle underground station; and a 10-minute walk from Kennington underground station. The site is also connected to the cycle highway, as well as local bus routes to the City, Streatham and Peckham.

There are several universities within easy reach of the site, including London College of Communication (9-minutes’ walk); London South Bank University (13-minutes’ walk); King’s College London, Guy’s Campus (15-minute bus ride or 25 minutes’ walk); and BPP University London Waterloo (12-minute bus ride or a 30-minutes’ walk away).

Aerial view of existing site (outlined in white)

Planning Context

There have been previous planning applications brought forward for the redevelopment of the site, including a consent secured by the site’s former owners for the change to residential or alternative uses. However, these applications have not been progressed.

The site was purchased by the housing developer Durkan in 2006 and an application for redevelopment (13/AP/1102) was submitted in 2013 and approved in 2015. The approved application was for a residential-led mixed-use redevelopment of the site, with a new building of up to six storeys providing 54 new homes, as well as a mix of new shops, restaurants, leisure and workspace.

The 2015 planning permission remains legally valid but has not been progressed as it was deemed unviable. Fabrix acquired the site in 2022.

CGI showing the previous owners’ consented scheme for the site

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