Situated at St George’s Circus in Central London, Blackfriars is a brand-new commercial and residential development in one of the Capital’s most architecturally significant districts.
Comprising five mix-used buildings, a 28-storey tower and significant amount of public space, St George’s Circus is set to crate a new destination for high quality local retail, eating and leisure activities.
From the outset of the project, aesthetics played a pivotal role. With the façade needing to convey both urban and residential while leaning into the look and feel of the Georgian properties that surround it, the specification process was crucial for identifying bricks that delivered both uniqueness and timelessness.
The architect leading the project approached Ibstock’s expert design advisory team.
Recognising the need for a brick that would complement the 18th century brickwork which surrounds, Ibstock recommended complimentary products – the NEXUS Soffit and Lintel system and Glazed Bricks which included precast and special shapes. This combination would give a high quality, durable solution with simple, crisp detailing to ensure that the building will mature gracefully, becoming richer and more distinct with time.
Each block of the development has a separate palette of external materials, but which each share common elements. All façades utilise a variety of bricks as the primary material, while precast concrete elements including lintels, sills, floor bands and copings enrich the modelling of the exteriors.
Irina Hughes, Design Advisor at Ibstock, said: “The building façades draw influence from the warehouses of Southwark and Clerkenwell that historically dominated the skyline of the area. Working in close partnership with the architect, we were able to specify products that perfectly matched their desire for a build which had both a modern, yet timeless, sensibility.
“The public street frontage encompasses an eye-catching variety of standard and colourful glazed bricks, while the backs remain relatively simple. We worked with the architect to recommend bricks that gave the development a finish that was classical, without being traditional.”