Blackfriars Circus Wins RIBA National Award


Blackfriars Circus in the London Borough of Southwark has won a prestigious RIBA National Award.

The awards, which have been presented since 1966, recognise the UK’s best new buildings and provide an insight into the UK’s design and economic trends.

Blackfriars  provides 336 new homes of different tenures have been occupied including 56 affordable rented properties.

The buildings act to repair the historic form of the circus and introduce a new landmark, a distinctive 28-storey masonry tower which emerges from the block. Behind the boulevard frontage, a number of more intimate public spaces are created.  A square with café, seating, trees and fountain links Blackfriars Road and Library Street. A yard is entered through the square that is lined on all sides by small workspaces. In all 22 new business will activate and inhabit the public realm.

An additional atrium space is created by happy accident whilst reconciling the residential plan of the southernmost building that mediates between the circus and square.

Congratulations to all of the team