Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) has submitted plans to renovate the existing 111-meter-high King’s Reach Tower in London with a 44-meter, 11 floor extension. The project is being engineered by Adams Kara Taylor (AKT II), and is currently under review by the Southwark Council in London’s South Bank. KPF’s ambitious project is considered the first extension to be undertaken on a building of such a height and age.
The extension would add an additional 44 meters to the the 111-meter-high King’s Reach Tower. The approval already exists to build an additional six floors and, if they receive the additional approval needed, engineering firm AKT II says that extension of a legacy tower will be a first. The newly renovated tower will join the likes (and heights) of Renzo Piano’s Shard and the upcoming One Blackfriars by Ian Simpson Architects in a mounting effort to further rejuvenate London’s South Bank.
KPF has become leaders in building skyscrapers, and though the King’s Reach Tower is a departure of the newly constructed “Supertall” towers that they boast of, it is sure that sustainability is in mind. KPF’s “Pinnacle” tower in London holds a BREEAM Excellent goal and incorporates many active environmental systems. Redevelopment of large towers – in order to make them taller – may be one of the greenest ways to bring density to a city like London.