A new neighbourhood
Three Blocks and a Tower at Blackfriars Road
Location: London, United Kingdom
Client: Barratt London
Programme: 50.000 m² Mixed-use blocks with a 100 m, 30 storey residential tower, 340 apartments, and 4.500m² retail, workspace and offices
This is redevelopment project of a 1 ha site currently occupied by 30-40 year old commercial buildings in London’s rapidly developing district Southwark. In order to receive planning permission for a high density scheme including a 100 m landmark tower, MaccreanorLavington:MLA+ needed to argue how the development contributes to the realisation of London Borough of Southwark’s aspirations for the wider area. It had to demonstrate how it will transform the neighbourhood St George’s Circus into an active node, forming a new destination for high quality local shopping, eating and leisure activities and create a generous neighbourhood public space.
The design draws on the qualities and character of Southwark, both architecturally as well as in the open spaces. The peculiar geometry and distinctive materials resonate the existing context so that the new development has a familiar personality. Through its robust, yet careful design and material choices, through characterful and distinctive detailing, and by encouraging active public use, this project contributes and connects to the existing urban character that so strongly define this part of south London.
2013 – 2014 Schematic Design and Detailed Planning Application
2014 – 2015 Technical Design
2015 – Construction
with support of Witherford Watson Man. Landscape: Outerspace. Planning: DP9. Access: David Bonnett Associates. Transport, Air Quality, Water & Flood Risk: Ardent Consulting Engineers