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PLP’s Blackfriars redevelopment plans revealed

Images showing PLP Architecture’s project to redevelop Sampson House and Ludgate House near London’s Blackfriars Bridge have been unveiled

Currently in its early stages, the project for private equity company Carlyle Group replaces the two office buildings with a residential-led mixed-use development of between 500 and 750 residential units.

The 93,000m² scheme could also feature a cultural pavilion, new public spaces and a residential tower.

The ‘brutalist’ Sampson House was completed in 1979 by Fitzroy Robinson & Partners as a processing centre for Lloyds Bank and the 1989 Ludgate House was originally home to the Daily Express newspaper.

Mark Harris of The Carlyle Group said: ‘We have some very exciting ideas for the redevelopment of Ludgate House and Sampson House which will continue the regeneration of Southwark’s riverside. 

‘The existing buildings form impassable blocks and severely restrict access to and along the side of the Thames.  Our plans include creating a vibrant and open area which includes residential, retail and offices as well as cultural activities and new public spaces by the Thames. 

‘In addition to providing employment to the area, the new development will open up east-west access by reinstating historic routes and bring back views of St Paul’s Cathedral which have not been in a generation.’

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