Borough takes possession of 56-home Blackfriars Road block

Housebuilder Barratt has handed over a nine-storey Maccreanor Lavington-designed apartment block to Southwark council as part of its Blackfriars Circus development.

The council said the Blackfriars Road block’s 56 flats (pictured) would be rented out to tenants at 40% of market rates, for which residents would have access to a roof terrace overlooking Blackfriars Road.

It is the first Blackfriars Circus block to complete, and, the council said, the first time Barratt has sold housing to a local authority as part of a Section 106  planning-gain agreement.

The council said Barratt had also made a £4.9 million contribution towards off-site affordable housing as part of the Blackfriars Circus development, which brings together a total of 336 homes across five blocks, the tallest of which is 27 storeys.

Southwark housing lead councillor Stephanie Cryan said the Blackfriars Road homes were making a valuable contribution towards the authority’s plans to deliver 11,000 new council homes over the next 25 years.

“This is the kind of quality we’re aiming for with all our new homes, and [it] means that council tenants will be able to enjoy living in some of the most attractive homes in the borough,” she said.