Shigeru Ban to develop London eye-sore

Shigeru Ban has been appointed to his first UK project – an office and residences on a site branded a London “eye-sore”.

Japan-based Ban was rewarded with the Pritzker Architecture Prize last year for his use of recycled cardboard tubes to rehouse disaster victims.

He will work with cross laminated timber specialist Waugh Thistleton on a scheme for developer John Curran close to London’s City Hall.

In November, the London Borough of Southwark sold a 220m² former school site to Curran, who already owned the neighbouring plot.

The authority said the move “improve what is currently quite an eye-sore” and provide new office and compound space which could be used by the Potters Fields Management Trust to replace the poor quality accommodation it currently operates from.