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Located at the heart of London’s South Bank, One Blackfriars creates a gateway to the historic borough of Southwark. The residential tower rises to 50 storeys and 170 metres, making it one of the tallest residential buildings in Europe. Its shimmering facade is transforms London's skyline. Each of its 274 homes has sweeping views of the capital, designed to maximise reflection and light. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring daylight in and create a sense of openness and connection with the outside.

The tower’s distinctive form is emphasized by its double skin façade. The curved outer skin gives it a smooth and dynamic appearance, and is made up of 5,476 glass panels, most of which were bent into shape as they were installed. The inner façade’s coloured panels, varying from earthy colours at bottom levels to silvery shades at the top, help animate the building. Connecting the two façades are winter gardens, accessible enclosed balconies, which provide residents with extended living areas.

There are two more buildings on site: the podium houses shops, restaurants and resident leisure facilities, including swimming pool, spa, gym and cinema, while the other is the 161-bedroom Bankside Hotel. All three buildings encircle a public plaza at ground level allowing everyone to experience this special and vibrant place.

Project information

  • Client

    St George

  • Status

    On Site

  • Area

    69,997 sq m

  • Start


  • Completion


  • Consultants

    Structural Engineer:WSP
    Building Services Engineer:Hoare Lea
    Main Contractor:Multiplex
    Interior Designer:Tara Bernerd & Partners

  • Elements

    161 bedroom hotel
    50 storeys
    Retail space
    Restaurants and bars
    Health and fitness centre
    274 residential apartments
    Viewing lounge at Level 32
    Basement parking
    CfSH Level 4
    BREEAM rating target: “Very Good”

  • Awards

    2015 World Architecture Festival (WAF) Residential (Future Project) - Shortlisted

    2013 Bentley Be Inspired Award - Shortlisted

Core Team