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Even taller towers planned for long-dormant Blackfriars Road site

London SE1 website team

New plans for homes, offices and a hotel on a major development site at the junction of Blackfriars Road and Stamford Street have emerged this week.

18 Blackfriars
One of the new new towers planned for 18 Blackfriars Road (in the foreground) will be almost as tall as South Bank Tower (seen in background)
Even taller towers planned for long-dormant Blackfriars Road site
Chart showing how the proposed new towers at 18 Blackfriars Road (in red) compare to other high-rise SE1 developments. The consented but unbuilt plans for the same site are shown in grey for reference.
Even taller towers planned for long-dormant Blackfriars Road site
Extract from the 18 Blackfriars Road environmental impact assessment scoping report showing how the latest plans compare with the scheme approved in 2007 but never built

Last year a Malaysian joint venture called Black Pearl acquired Blackfriars Limited – the Jersey-based company which owns the complex of buildings to the north and west of Christ Church Southwark – in a £114 million deal.

The site has been largely dormant for the last six years since plans for a 42-storey residential tower and 23-storey office tower were approved by the then communities secretary Hazel Blears.

Formerly known as 20 Blackfriars Road, the site has now been renamed 18 Blackfriars Road by Black Pearl.

Two public exhibitions of the new owner's plans were be held at Oxo Tower Wharf this week, but these events have now been postponed.

Documents submitted to Southwark Council last week reveal that Black Pearl is proposing around 337 homes at the site, up from 286 in the consented scheme.

A residential tower of up to 148 metres (AOD) is planned near the junction of Stamford Street and Paris Garden

An 11-storey hotel with around 310 bedrooms is proposed to be constructed alongside the Mad Hatter.

The main office building would be to the north of Christ Church Southwark on Blackfriars Road and be up to 141 metres AOD.

The former Sainsbury's headquarters buildings on the site are currently being demolished.

• updated 10 November due to postponement of public exhibitions


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