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Maccreanor Lavington unveils new Blackfriars Road tower plans

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Maccreanor Lavington has revealed its latest designs for this 336-home scheme on Blackfriars Road, south London.

The three-block scheme for Barratt London features a hexagonal, 27-storey, brick-clad tower and includes a new square, 2,500m² of offices, 1,200m² of shops and a further 528m² which can be used as either retail or commercial space.

Witherford Watson Mann and Outerspace are working on the public realm design within the project.

Early designs for the high-rise scheme at 128-150 Blackfriars Road overlooking St George’s Circus first emerged last year (see AJ 16.09.13).

That design included 392 homes and a 30-storey ‘marker’ tower.

A planning application is expected to be submitted to Southwark Council in November.

Blackfriars, New Circus - by Maccreanor Lavington for Barratt London

Blackfriars, Road scheme - by Maccreanor Lavington for Barratt London (image: AVR)

The architect’s view

‘The slender tower has a hexagonal plan to reduce its visual impact from all angles, and top has been sensitively detailed with an expressive crown of thinning pinnacles formed in white glazed brickwork. It adds a distinctive identity and positive contribution to the new London skyline.

‘A key design principal has been to formally engage with the Circus, and its historical significance. The buildings positively front the Circus and its arms, and reinstate the concave Circus elevation in keeping with George Dance the Younger’s 1809 masterplan for the area.’

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