Blackfriars office scheme receives planning permission.
London mixed use development to be constructed in Blackfriars.
An office scheme in Blackfriars has been given the go ahead by Southwark’s planning committee. The development received planning permission recently and is expected to be completed by mid 2013. Once constructed the building will consist of 29,199 square metres of quality office space.
The Blackfriar office scheme will be a mixed-use facility and will likely contain retail space and possibly apartments. Developers Great Portland Estates are in charge of the project in a 50/50 venture with the BP Pension Fund.
The offices have been designed by Allford Hall Monoghan Morris architects. The design features fluid pinstripe glass, a façade to the river in the northern side of the building, a public space at the base of the building and a unique sky room on the roof.
The developers are aiming to implement energy saving techniques and facilities into the Blackfriars scheme. Features such as a biomass boiler and a ‘chilled ceiling’ cooling system will help to ensure that the building achieves a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.
This is the latest in a string of London office developments to be approved. The most recent being a Hammerson development that will create 590,000 square feet of office space and 243 luxury apartments. Demand for London office space is currently very high with companies from all over the world looking to move into the UK capital. These new developments should easily find tenants thanks to the high interest.