Blackfriars Circus Tower, South East London Housing Development, English Architecture Images

Blackfriars Circus Tower in South East London

14 Sep 2021

Architects: Maccreanor Lavington Limited

Location: St George’s Circus, South East London, England

Blackfriars Circus housing by Maccreanor Lavington

Blackfriars Circus Tower

The architect responded to the brief to rejuvenate a semi-derelict brownfield site by creating a sustainable new neighbourhood. Comprising several separate blocks with a number of attractive roof gardens and a 28-storey tower, the scheme restores the urban grain, creating new public realm and welcome breathing space. It thus successfully repairs a large portion of the street, revitalising the area around St George’s Circus.

Blackfriars Circus design by Maccreanor Lavington UK

In total, the Blackfriars Circus mixed-use scheme creates 336 new homes, including 56 social rent homes for Southwark Council. It also incorporates two new public spaces within the block and a yard surrounded by units aimed at small enterprises, with a café on the adjacent square.

Blackfriars Circus housing London by Maccreanor Lavington Architects

All the blocks respectfully reference the past. The detailing of the window surrounds is robust, while horizontal bands define the floor levels. Elsewhere, a lot of intricate work has gone into the design of the facades, including interesting metal railings and attractive, subtly multi-coloured brickwork in intriguing patterns using glazed bricks of different shapes and sizes. The tower is ingeniously located just off the circus. Despite its scale and height, it fits well within the overall streetscape.

The double-height ground floors lead to the commercial spaces. Perhaps the most interesting of these is the atrium off the circus which, with its translucent roof, provides colonnaded access to the flats and feels timeless.

Given the size of the project and its many constraints, the overall result is a great achievement. It reactivates the area with many new residential and commercial units, all supported by pockets of new public realm. The visit took place during the lockdown when the streets were still fairly quiet. Once life starts to be normal again, it is anticipated that this new addition to Southwark will become vibrant and lively quarter.

Blackfriars Circus by Maccreanor Lavington

Blackfriars Circus Tower in South East London, UK – Building Information

RIBA region: London
Architect practice: Maccreanor Lavington Limited
Date of completion: October 2018
Client company name: Barratt london
Project city/town: London
Contract value: £105,000,000.00
Internal area: 39,467.00 sqm
Cost per m²: £2,500.00 / sqm
Contractor company name: Barratt London

Consultants:
Structural Engineers: Aecom
Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant: Barratt London
Project Management: Barratt London
Environmental / M&E Engineers: Whitecode Associates
Acoustic Engineers: RBA Acoustics
Access Consultant: David Bonnett Associates
Landscape Architects: OuterSpace
Sustainability Consultant: Bespoke Builder Services (BBS)
Fire Consultant: H+H Fire

Awards:
• RIBA Regional Award
• RIBA National Award

Blackfriars Circus housing London by Maccreanor Lavington

photo © David Grandorge, Tim Crocker

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