Southwyck House, also known as the "Barrier Block", is a large housing
building on the Somerleyton Estate in Brixton, south London. It was
Lambeth Council and approved by a planning committee
which included future prime minister John Major.
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The block is in the
Brutalist style and has similarities to Park Hill,
Sheffield and Byker Wall, Tyneside. The block has 176 properties in
total, consisting of 3 low rise flats and 173 high rise flats.
It was designed in 1968-70 by a team of architects including Magda
Borowiecka, and built between 1972-1981. It was planned for the
South Cross Route
South Cross Route motorway to pass adjacent to the building.
Residents of the building suffered from crime including burglary and
the use of heroin and crack cocaine, and so alterations were made to
the building in the 1990s to improve security.
Alex Paterson of
The Orb and
Damien Hirst formerly lived in Southwyck
Southwyck House Tenants' & Residents' Association
^ The Guardian,
^ Urban75 http://www.urban75.org/brixton/features/barrier.html
^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1413564)".
National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 October
2015. [dead link]
Coordinates: 51°27′44″N 0°06′31″W / 51.4623°N