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LDS bags planning for Blackfriars tower

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 Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) has scooped planning permission for a new 15-storey hotel close to Blackfriars Bridge in south London

The 10,200m² development includes 3,900m² of office space as well as a 192-room hotel, a ground floor cafe and restaurant, a mezzanine conference space and a rooftop bar.

Backed by London-based developer Derwent, the 40 Blackfriars Road project is one of a number of new high-rise schemes which are either in planning or under construction between Blackfriars Bridge and St George’s Circus. The area has been designated as an area for tall buildings in Southwark Council’s SPD for the locality.

In November local residents protested against a 27-storey tower near St George’s Circus by Barratt Developments on the site of Erlang House.

Nigel George, director of Derwent London, commented: “We are delighted that Southwark Council has approved this exciting new mixed-use development. 40 Blackfriars Road will significantly enhance the area, add to the local amenities, and provide interesting spaces for hotel guests and office workers alike.”

LDS director Alex Lifschutz said: ‘Blackfriars Road presents a major opportunity for architecture. The character of the area has been completely transformed in recent years and it’s now becoming a lively, buzzing boulevard.

‘It’s appropriate that the kind of second-tier office accommodation that the old Wedge House represents is being replaced by a building that encourages the emerging character of the area.

‘Derwent has found compelling partners in the Hoxton Hotel and Soho House – these are companies that lead the market in hotels and hospitality and show the confidence and quality that the area is now able to sustain.

‘This confidence is reflected in the architecture of Wedge House, which will have a legible, welcoming ground floor that addresses the street properly and carefully articulated elevations that contribute to the Blackfriars Road townscape.’

Project data:
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Location: 40 Blackfriars Road, London
Type Of Project: Mixed use - hotel/office/hospitality
Client: Derwent London
Gross internal floor area: 10,200m²

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