Friars Close: Revitalising the estate and providing better homes

Find the latest information on proposals to redevelop Friars Close and Burrell Street in Southwark, London.

In this section you can find the latest information on proposals to redevelop Friars Close and Burrell Street in Southwark, London.

Latest News

Residents at Southwark learn more about upcoming redevelopment as the first resident vote opens
March 2022

Last week Riverside and joint venture partners, Mount Anvil, held a resident drop-in event to discuss the next steps for submitting a planning application to Southwark council.

Residents at Friars Close and Burrell Street, Southwark, had the opportunity to ask the project team questions, have a chat, and enjoy some tea, coffee and cake, ahead of the first resident vote, which opened on Monday 14 March.

The vote will help Riverside and Mount Anvil demonstrate resident support for the redevelopment to the planners at Southwark Council. Once the design has further progressed, residents will be asked again if they support the design proposal through a second vote.

Ray Coyle, the Independent Tenant Advisor at Friars Close and Burrell St, will oversee the voting process. He will ensure that all votes cast will be independently collected and verified to provide a fair and transparent process.

Residents at Southwark learn more about upcoming Redevelopment Scheme
February 2022

Residents at Friars Close and Burrell St in Southwark were invited to an engagement event to discuss the upcoming redevelopment of their homes, while enjoying a slice or two of pizza!

This was the second event to be held with our joint venture construction partners, Mount Anvil.
At the event, the project team from Riverside, Mount Anvil and ITA, Open Communities, consulted with residents to understand what is most important to them during the redevelopment. Discussions were also had on how the development team and residents can work together to secure planning permission.

The event had a great turnout with 75% of households in attendance. Out of the residents surveyed, 85% agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal to redevelop Friars Close and a majority of residents felt that the event was helpful or very helpful.

Next Steps
Riverside and Mount Anvil, will continue to consult with residents in the lead up to a resident vote which is due to take place this March, residents will be asked to vote on if they support the redevelopment. A second stage vote will then take place ahead the planning application submission, where we will ask residents to vote on the redevelopment design proposals to assist in supporting the planning application.

Resident design workshops and a site visit will be scheduled in over the coming months.

Moving forward with the redevelopment of Friars Close and Burrell St
October 2021

Since Riverside’s last resident engagement event in June there have been further meetings and discussions with the planners at Southwark council.

During these discussions Southwark’s responses were inconsistent and often inconclusive. This uncertainty caused a significant delay in moving forward and submitting a planning application.

Riverside also applied for Greater London Authority (GLA) funding to help towards the cost of the new development, which would have ideally required them to submit a planning application before Autumn. However, given the council’s concerns, it is clear that they will not be able to meet this deadline.

As a result, Riverside have taken the decision to pause work on the planning application and look into alternative options.

In this case, they believe that the best option is to appoint a developer earlier in the programme and work in partnership with them.

Riverside have therefore appointed a developer called Mount Anvil who are a London-based company with a significant amount of experience in overcoming the challenges that we are facing. This partnership will take the form of a joint venture (JV).

What’s changed?

  • Riverside will be in a joint venture partnership with Mount Anvil to take the redevelopment forward
  • The revised programme will see a delay of approx. 18 months. An indicative timetable can be viewed herd (link) and Riverside will let residents know if this changes
  • Riverside will go back to a similar scheme to the one that was presented to residents last year of approx. 100+ homes. This includes the private sale homes which generate the funding needed to pay for the affordable homes for existing residents

What will stay the same?

  • Riverside will remain as landlord
  • Allies and Morrison will remain the architects working on the scheme
  • Open Communities will remain as the Independent Tenants Advisor
  • Riverside remains committed to the redevelopment of Friars Close and Burrell Street
  • Riverside will continue to work closely with all residents and consult with them on proposals
  • Riverside’s pledges and promises

What’s next?

You can view the revised timeline for the scheme here.


Tenants from Friars Close and Burrell Street learn more about redevelopment plans
10 Dec 2020

Earlier this year Riverside began discussions with tenants on the future of Friars Close and Burrell Street in Southwark, where it manages 28 homes for social rent.

Following positive feedback, Riverside, along with architects Allies & Morrison, re-commenced engagement with tenants of Friars Close and Burrell St to consult on the updated proposal for their estate.

Tenants see new plans.

As always, the safety of our staff and residents remain a top priority and we did not feel it appropriate to undertake face to face consultation events.

Instead, tenants living on the estate got an opportunity to see initial layouts and designs via an online event. The session, which was held earlier this week, included a video presentation and  live Q&A with the project team, with over 35 questions asked, it was a positive event, you can the full list of questions in our FAQ`s here

A booklet showing the proposed plans and updates was also delivered to every home, with details brought to life in a short video (below).

Over to you

Following the event tenants were asked to give there feedback on layouts and design options for play space and open space, terraces and balconies and communal areas.

Tenant feedback and involvement is integral to the design process as Riverside and architects, Allies & Morrison continue to finalise the proposal in time for summer 2021 when we will submit our planning application.

Planning for better homes at Southwark in London
15 July 2020

In March 2020 Riverside began discussions with tenants on the future of Friars Close and Burrell Street in Southwark, where it manages 28 homes for social rent. Riverside discussed the possibility of redeveloping the site to provide better homes for existing tenants while providing more homes for social rent and for sale

Over 75% of households came along to talk to us, and it provided a good understanding of the aspirations that tenants had for where they live.

Feedback from tenants has highlighted the need to improve design, space standards, accessibility and energy efficiency of the homes as well reducing overcrowding in some homes. To assess the current housing needs of tenants living on the estate, Riverside carried out a survey, which showed that:

  • A quarter of households are overcrowded
  • Just under half of households have more than one adult child living with them
  • A quarter of tenants said that accessibility was a problem and that lifts in the building would make coming and going much easier, particularly for those with disabilities
  • More than half of tenants said they wanted better security in homes and across the estate
  • Many said that the site needed an overhaul as it felt run down

Consultation going forward

Since the first event in March, Riverside has continued to communicate with tenants, initially conducting a housing needs survey with every household on the estate to understand the make-up of households. Due to the recent lockdown measures, further engagement has been mainly by phone and post. However, as restrictions have relaxed in recent weeks, the engagement team is set to run an outdoor exhibition-type event in the communal courtyard area at the back of Friars Close, while maintaining social distancing.

Tenants have received their first regular newsletter which includes information about the project at this early stage.