Blackfriars Road is quite the tower hotspot right now with developer, Barratt Homes, becoming just the latest to have plans to build a tall building off it.
The proposals for the project take in the whole of 128-150 Blackfriars Road.
This features the defunct mid-rise office buildings of Hill House and Erlang House, plus the low-rise Milcote House creating a unified site at the southern end of the road overlooking St George's Circus.
In all the scheme will contain five new buildings from 5 to 27 floors with a total of 39,467 of gross internal space. The lion's share of this will be residential, 336 new homes in total with 26.5% being affordable. There will also be the predictable ground floor retail, plus some new office space.
Located in the basement will be 79 parking space, of which 34 will be for the disabled. In a nod to the growing popularity of electric cars in central London, twenty percent of the parking spaces will come readily equipped with charging points. There will also be cycling spaces for 755 bicycles.
One promising move that shows that these are perhaps homes designed to live in, is the inclusion in every single apartment of bulk storage so people have somewhere to keep the hoover and big pile of junk in boxes. There's also further areas that have been put aside in the basement. All apartments, even the affordable ones, will also have a floor-to-ceiling height of at least 2.5 metres, and 211 of the apartments will have dual aspect views.
Finally, every single apartment will have a balcony that exceeds the minimum size. These outdoor spaces will range from 5.6 square metres (141% of the minimum) for a studio flat to 13.5 square metres for the 3 bedroom flat (169% of the minimum).
The design comes from the drawing boards of Maccreanor Lavington Witherford Watson Man & Outerspace. Dominating the external look of the tower is something that hints back to the glory days of New York with an art-deco inspired crown and glazed brickwork.
Although overlooking the nearby circus makes it a local landmark, some may think the design is of a high enough quality to be taller and actually have an effect on the skyline of London beyond the immediate vicinity. Perhaps it is a pity it isn't.
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