The Info List - Southwyck House

Southwyck House, also known as the "Barrier Block", is a large housing building on the Somerleyton Estate in Brixton, south London.[1] It was commissioned by Lambeth Council
Lambeth Council
and approved by a planning committee which included future prime minister John Major.[2]


1 Design 2 Residents 3 References 4 External links

Design[edit] 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.[3] It was designed in 1968-70 by a team of architects including Magda Borowiecka, and built between 1972-1981.[4] 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. Residents[edit] Alex Paterson of The Orb
The Orb
and Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst
formerly lived in Southwyck House.[citation needed] References[edit]

^ Southwyck House
Southwyck House
Tenants' & Residents' Association https://southwyckhouse.wordpress.com ^ The Guardian, http://www.urban75.org/brixton/features/images/barrier3.jpg ^ 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]

External links[edit] Coordinates: 51°27′44″N 0°06′31″W / 51.4623°N 0.1086°W