Construction update: Brunel Building, Paddington.

Construction update for Fletcher Priest Architect’s, office development in Paddington Basin. 

Project Information

From Paddington Central
Towering above Kingdom Street
From Paddington Basin Towpath

Address: 55-65 North Wharf Road , Paddington , W2 1LA

Architect: Fletcher Priest architects

Borough: City of Westminster

Developer: Derwent London

Floors: 16

Office floorspace: 240,000 sq ft

Public realm: New pedestrian access on the north bank of Paddington Basin


The Cabot

Global property developer Hines and architects Garmondy Groake is redeveloping 25 Cabot Square, one of the first buildings built as part of the redevelopment of Canary Wharf. Photographed in November 2018.

Newfoundland sprouting from The Cabot from Cabot Square.
Modifications are taking place to enlarge the entrance lobby
Side view of The Cabot
The Cabot as viewed from Westferry Circus
The Cabot amongst the array of towers under construction in Canary Wharf.

Project Information

Address: 25 Cabot Square, London, E14

Architect: Carmody Groarke

Borough: Tower Hamlets

Developer: Hines

Floors: 14

Office floorspace: 200,000 sq ft

Revealed: Towers set for the Old Kent Road.

Following the announcement of the extension to the Bakerloo and the publication of a planning framework jointly by Southwark and Lewisham Council, there have been a series of public consultations and subsequent planning applications to develop land where big retail currently resides, that will accessible from the West End within 30 minutes by Tube by 2030.

Starting at the north end of the Old Kent Road and working our way south, we firstly arrive at Southernwood Retail Park. Currently used by a DFS, Sports Direct and Argos. The scheme, designed by architects Pilbrow & Partners and developers Strathclyde Pension Fund. Scheme entails up to 725 residential units, with 35% being affordable and promises over 1,000 cycle parking spaces and is rumoured to include space for a cinema complex. The scheme has recently concluded its second round of public consultation, a planning application is expected before the end of the year to Southwark council. 

High-rise element of Southernwood Retail Park. 

Next up is the first of the wave of high-rises proposed for the Old Kent Road, Malt Street. Worked up by architects Rolfe Judd and developers Berkley Homes, this scheme is the site assembly of numerous smaller semi-industrial units and will contribute to the extension of the Surrey Liner Canal Park. The most recent planning to date has submitted plans for 1,050 homes, which will take the form of many mansion blocks and the odd tall element, topping out at 131 meters over 40 floors. The application submitted in July 2017, covers phase 1 as seen in detail below with applications for phase 2 and 3 following in due course in shadow blue blocks. More recently in August 2018, saw a planning amendment lodged which will increase the amount of residential and commercial space across all phases. 

The outline and detailed scheme

Next door is Cantium Retail Park which will saddle the tunnels for the Bakerloo extension to Lewisham. Plans for this scheme were worked up by Alan Camp Architects and developers Aviva Investors and Galliard Homes. Planning permission was sought by Southwark’s planning team in October and it proposes 1,113 residential units, over a series of mansion blocks and towers of which these stand at 48, 37 and 26 floors. The tallest of which will stand as a high as 20 Fenchurch Street.Within the planning envelope there is also space set aside for 2,336m² of “destination space”, which is anticipated to host a cultural/education institution. 

The proposed redevelopment of Cantium Retail Park

On the corner of the Old Kent Road and Peckham Queens Road is 596-608 Old Kent Road and Land at Livesey Place. 

596-608 Old Kent Road and Land at Livesey Place, viewed from the Old Kent Road.

Plans were submitted earlier month for two towers of 38 and 24 floors, on the current site of the Topps Tiles and The Everlasting Arms Ministries the latter of which will have a replacement space in the new scheme and provide 372 new residential units. The scheme was drawn up by architects Maccreanor Lavington and the developers being Civic Centre Ltd, Shaviram Development Ltd, Old Kent Road Regeneration.

The first approved of the tall schemes for the Old Kent Road, Ruby Triangle approved by Southwark council on October 29th by 4 Members for, 2 against and 1 abstention received a resolution to grant. The scheme has been designed by architects Farrells and the developers being Avanton, with the design drawing inspiration from New York’s terraced brick buildings and soar to a height of 160 and 142 meters and shall contain 1,165 residential units. The scheme will also include new leisure facilitates, incubator space for start-ups and a replacement rental car to replace what will be demolished to make way for the approved scheme. 

CGI of the recently approved scheme

Last up and the most recent addition to the forthcoming cluster of towers Devonshire Square. Whilst at this early and initial stage, the architect is undisclosed an educated guess suggests that this could be a scheme by Allies & Morrison denoted by the style of drawings and the fonts used on consultation documents. Now with speculation aside this scheme is poised to contain 550 residential units with the bog-standard retail units on the ground floor, these will be punctuated with three new public spaces, standalone retail/leisure pavilion and provision will be made for a floating bus stop to allow for a segregated cycling lane. A planning application is expected to be submitted in Early 2019 for completion in 2023/4. 

Completed Project: Lombard Wharf

Patel Taylor’s residential tower in Battersea, following completion in 2017 captured in evening twilight sun.

Lombard Wharf, towering over Battersea Railway Bridge.

The scheme was given the planning green light by Wandsworth Council’s planning committee in May 2015, for a mixed used scheme of 135 residential units with retail space at the base encompassing 618sqm. Within the planning permission, also included improvements to the public realm a multi-million contribution towards the Jubilee pedestrian footbridge, which will be built in parallel with the existing Battersea Railway Bridge. 

As seen from a passing Thames Clipper.

The building features a distinctive tear-drop shaped floor plan which gives the illusion that is twists as it rises thanks to slight changes in its positioning of precast balconies as it rises. It has also been praised highly for it doesn’t have a distinct front or back, unlike most developments which face onto the riverside. 

Lombard Wharf is one of the many towers, springing up in this corner of south west London.

Project Information

Address: 12-14 Lombard Road, London, SW11 3AY

Architect: Patel Talyor

Borough: Wandsworth

Developer: Barrat London

Floors: 28

Height: 91m

Residential units: 134

Transport improvements: Contribution towards new river crossing

In Pictures: Proposed Extension to Royal Festival Hall.

A proposal of an height extension of three floors that will play host to a bar and restaurant, have been submitted to Lambeth Council by Southbank Centre and Incipio Group the company behind the chain of pop-up eateries Pergola, with the architect being Birmingham based practise Tibbatts Abel.

The Royal Festival Hall, one of the few remnants of the 1951 Festival of Britain designed by Robert Matthew and Leslie Martin for the then London County Council, was given immunity from listing earlier this year by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

If built it would operate as Pergola on the River and would serve a range of food and drink, from a range of up and coming independent vendors and would set 220 patrons in a canteen like setting. Currently the Royal Festival Hall has six floors, this will see it increased to nine with extensions made to the singing lift.

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Proposed location and the views across London

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Outline of proposal with technical drawing

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Other considered alternatives for the space.


Bronze Towers Set for Stratford

As part of the configuration of the mixed use The International Quarter which has seen a pavilion taking cues from Hudson Yard’s The Vessel, an additional pedestrian crossing across the North London Line and now residential in plots S1 and S11 which was originally destined for commercial use. Instead two residential towers at the western end of the scheme two residential towers by AECOM are envisaged.


These towers if built would stand at 37 and 31 floors and would contain around 500 residential units and available various affordability tenures. In addition it also see the creation of four new public spaces.

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CGI renderings of the proposed twin towers upon the local townscape


The scheme takes design cues from stratford’s industrial past and the copper used on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park amenities such as the Copper Box and Energy Centre. The tower will have two bronze effect façade types. Type A will have a fully glazed view walls and framed in bronze-finish metal and enhance the buildings elegance. Whereas type B is folded to create articulation, the surface will reflect light establishing a distinctive character for the buildings.

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Base of the Towers

The podiums will wrap around the base of the tower to provide a range of amenities to the public such as a creche and amenity terraces.

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View of S1 and S11 from Hackney Marshes, amongst other cumulative developments.

Public Facilities 

Scheme will include space for a health or fitness centre in S1. Whereas S11 will have around 300sqm or equivalent to 100 spaces for a Crèche which overlooks onto the pocket parks.

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Ground floor layout

Public spaces

The scheme will bring refinements for four new public spaces. First up is Northern Gateway, situated at the far western edge of The International Quarter those arriving into the development from Hackney will ascend a gentle hill to reach S1 and S11 and provides a visual connection to into the heart of the site and with the surrounding area.

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Northern Gateway

Next Drewry Hill, is the space between S1 and S11 that leads from Northern Gateway, the residential lobbies will enter onto this street and will be tree-lined and planting buffer for pedestrains.

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Drewry Hill

Leading on from this we have Drewry Hill. This will be situated between S11 and a commercial building S10. This will be overlooked by the amenity terrace and Creche in plot S11 and forms a link to the Railway Walk and it’s Pocket Park. The facade along the railway walk will have climbing plants to bring additional greenery.

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Drewry Yard

Finally we have Drewry Square, this is the most informal space of them all, It will bring together the wellness space in S1 with a proposed supermarket opposite in building S2 (subject to planning permission at a later date).

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Drewry Square

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Looking west in The International Quarter towards S1 and 11. 


Plot S1 will stand at 37 storeys and will contain 278 homes the majority being bed units at 47.5%, followed by 1 bed at 41%.

Meanwhile Plot S2 will stand slightly shorter at 31 storeys and will contain 219 homes, the majority being 2 bed’s at 52% followed by 1 bed at 36.5% and triple the amount of 3 bed’s.

Next steps

This amendment should go in for planning in the autumn, construction should commence in 2019 with completion in 2021/22, with The International Quarter London coming to a close in 2025.

Construction Update: Upper Riverside

The residential lead development on the site, of the former David Beckham Football Academy is nearing practical completion.

Upper Riverside is situated adjacent to the 02 Arena

Upper Riverside, features a temporary art installation by British artist Morag Myerscoug Colourblock Cranes.

Graffi on construction hoardings

Cladding reflecting a crane

Top section of one of the plots

The plots of Upper Riverside diverge as they approach the river to maximise daylight for residents.

The rear view of Upper Riverside

The spires of the 02 coming into view from Upper Riverside

Project Information

Address: Plots: N0205, N0206 and N0207, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10

Architect: Skidmore Ownings and Merrill

Borough: Greenwich

Developer: Knight Dragon

Floors: 31 | 30 | 27 | 23 | 21

Height: 102 – 70m

Residential units: 1,007

Construction update: Keybridge

The residential lead development on the site of the former British Telecom telephone exchange in Nine Elms.

Fentiman/South Lambeth Road

South Lambeth Road

Wyvil/South Lambeth Road

Wyvil Road

Trenchold Street

Project information

Address: Keybridge, 80 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RG

Architect: Allies & Morrison

Borough: Lambeth

Developer: Mount Anvil and Fabrica

Educational: A two-form primary school

Floors: 35 | 21

Height: 125 | 74m

Residential units: 441

Public Consultation double for North Acton

August has seen two public consultations for two separate high rise schemes, within an locale which is fast becoming an cluster for tall buildings.

4 Portal Way 

First off is the proposed redevelopment of the Holiday Inn, which fronts on the A40 Western Avenue and the southern edge of the forthcoming North Acton cluster.

The initial scheme by developers Aldau Developments and designed by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, will see a mixed use development comprising of two towers including a replacement hotel with two connecting footbridges and draws inspiration from their scheme in Vauxhall nicknamed Jenga Tower for its stacked massing.

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Outline of initial scheme

Scheme will also go someway towards the establishing of a cohearant public walkway from North Acton to Acton Main Line, which will be served by the Elizabeth Line from May 2019. The first public consultation was in July with a planning application due to be submitted in Late Autumn.

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Looking north through the site

The Castle Pub

The second and more hotly contested scheme is the initial plan to demolish the Castle Pub on the corner of Victoria and Wales Farm Road. The student residential of somewhere between 27-36 floors for 534 accommodation units, drawn up by architects Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher who is behind the nearby Carbuncle nominated Victoria House for Imperial College London students.

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The pub will not be replicated in the future scheme and instead will be downsized to a 53sqm Cafe/Bar Unit. As a matter of course this has caused some controversy with some demanding it be made immune from demolition by listing it as a local community asset, however this has been dismantled by planning consultants Lichfields in accordance with Guidance set out by Historic England, as seen below.

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Lichfields response to local calls for it to be listed an local community asset.