Plans by WilkinsonEyre Architects and Brisac Gonzalez for a major development near Blackfriars Bridge, including a 53 and a 34 storey tower, have been approved
Backed by Black Pearl, the high-rise proposals in 18 Blackfriars Road include six new buildings housing a hotel, offices, shops and housing.
The scheme, near to the south bank of the river, will add more tall buildings to the developing cluster in the area, including the under-construction One Blackfriars tower by SimpsonHaugh & Partners.
The highest element of the project - a 183.5m-tall tower by site masterplanner and lead architect WilkinsonEyre - will contain 227 flats with shops at ground level. A lower 142.5m tower by Brisac Gonzalez will contain offices and shops at ground level.
The plans also include 548-room hotel with buildings of 19 and 12-storeys, as well as a 15-storey block of 61 ‘affordable’ flats. There will be a five-storey office building with a music venue at the ground and basement levels.
The development supersedes an existing 2009 permission for a 23 storey office and 42 storey residential tower by WilkinsonEyre.
Black Pearl Limited is a subsidiary of IGB Corporation Berhad, a Malaysian property development company.
WilkinsonEyre is working on a number of major skyscrapers in central London including its 220m-tall Prussian Plue tower in the City.
The architect’s view
At 53 storeys the residential tower by WilkinsonEyre has been designed to create a unique new building on the London skyline that sits comfortably within the emerging cluster of towers. A deliberately slender form has been developed with a simple rectilinear floorplate, which has been sculpted to appear as a series of separated stacked blocks. The glazed façades of each block are then orientated at subtly varied angles to catch the light in different ways and break down the form of the tower. Generous winter gardens are provided for all the residential units with planted balconies at the ‘collar’ levels between each expressed block. The top of the tower is finished with lightweight glass overruns that create a recognisable silhouette against the sky.
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