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Blackfriars high-rise commercial scheme gets the go-ahead

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Developer Hines has secured a resolution to grant planning approval from Southwark Council to build a new, landmark office and residential development at 18 Blackfriars Road in south London.

The approval which was secured working with architects Foster + Partners, and Lipton Rogers, allows Hines to breathe new life into a two-acre brownfield site that has remained undeveloped for 20 years.

18 Blackfriars Road is designed to be fossil fuel free, 100% electric and net zero carbon in operation, with 95% of the site heat demand served by ground source heat pumps that share, store and offset energy.

Ross Blair, Senior Managing Director and Country Head of Hines UK, said: “Our plans will transform the site into much needed new homes and first class, sustainable and tech-enabled offices, built around a central hub which we hope will become a brand-new convening space for the local community.”

The new scheme will consist of three buildings, two delivering over 400 new homes, with 40% being affordable. The third will create 74,300m2 of office space featuring outdoor terraces on every third floor.

Plans also include 1,850m2 of new affordable workspace for local and socially minded enterprises, assembly rooms for use by the local community, modern educational space with links to local institutions, children’s play areas and a new, central public space with retail and food outlets situated at the heart of the development.

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