The masterplan and proposed buildings will create a significant destination quarter on the River Thames and form a gateway to the London Borough of Southwark.
The project re-invigorates a large site between Blackfriars Bridge and Tate Modern; replacing two divisive blocks on either side of a mainline railway running north-south through London: Ludgate House, an office headquarters, and Sampson House, a former data centre for Lloyds Bank presently used by IBM as a disaster recovery centre.
The residential-led development combines nine buildings providing homes, offices, cultural, retail and leisure amenities, elevated gardens and landscaped public spaces, facilitating permeability and connectivity to the river and reinstating historic riverfront walkways.
Connecting to the wider network of streets and transport facilities, a series of new public spaces and routes include a central square; east-west pedestrian links; a north-south promenade; an interface with the new south entrance concourse of the redeveloped Blackfriars Station; openings in the viaduct; and dedicated play areas to create a varied and active precinct for both the residents and the public. The project also transforms the distinct arches of the rail viaduct, part of Southwark’s rich industrial legacy.
The design of the buildings mediates between the scale of the surrounding context and the subsequent tall structures, marking an important transition from the mid-rise buildings overlooking Tate Modern to the tallest residential building, which together with One Blackfriars tower, compose the new skyline gateway. The range of heights contribute to the legibility of the emerging high-rise cluster and provide a recognisable image of the development from afar, while the architectural expression of the façades inform and articulate the buildings’ positions within the group.
The Carlyle Group
Mixed Use: Residential, Offices, Retail and Public Realm
Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council