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.


Construction update: Battersea Power Station

The multi-billion redevelopment of Battersea Power Station made imfafous by Pink Floyd continues.

Viewed from Grovesnor Road

Phase 1 by SimpsonHaugh

The rebuilt wash towers over phase 1 

Full view of the wash towers among phase 1.

Over the construction hoarding where the Thames Path, will be re-routed upon completion. 

Cladding detail of Phase 1 

Forming part of the patchwork of developments along the Thames.

The completed cores within Battersea Power Station

Catching the twilight sun

The four wash towers pocking above the trees of Battersea Park.

Project Information

Address: 188 Kirtling St, London SW8 5BN

Architects (to date): dRMM | Foster + Partners | Gehry Partners | Rafael Viñoly | SimpsonHaugh and Partners and Wilkinson Eyre

Borough: Wandsworth

Developers: SP Setia and Sime Darby

Hotel beds: 260 (cumulatively over at least three hotels)

Office floorspace: 1,250,000 sq ft +

Public realm: Two new parks; Power Station Park and Prospect Park and Children’s Playground

Replacement of the four wash towers

Residential units: 3,900 +

Transport improvements; new station tube station, re-routing of the Thames path, new Thames clipper pier.

Construction update: Aykon London One

Aykon London One is better known for its distinctive stacked jenga block massing and for it being a first to have interiors by Versace Home, is pictured on the rise in Vauxhall.

From Pimlico

From Nine Elms Lane

From Vauxhall Gyratory

From Vauxhall Cross Transport interchange


Akyon London One, beginning to come into view from Tate Modern viewing gallery.

Project Information

Address: 69-71 Bondway

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox

Borough: Lambeth

Developer: DICO UK Property Holding Limited

Floors: 50

Height: 168m

Residential units: 450

Proposal: Building P2 | Kings Cross

Friday 8th June – Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) submitted detailed plans to the London borough of Camden for a mixed use scheme in the Kings Cross Central development adjacent to Lewis Cubitt Square and Coal Drops Yard.

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The location of plot p2 within the Kings Cross Masterplan area

The proposed scheme will deliver 193,621 sq ft and 18,267 sq ft, of office and retail floorspace respectively. A 600 seat theatre will also be built if granted planning permission.

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Potential seating configurations

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Artists Entrance for the proposed theatre on Wollenstonecraft Street

Massing/Design Evolution

The architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, have conjured up a scheme which has taken inspiration from structures by post-power architects such Le Corbusier and Albert C. Martin, by note of the deep facade, a distinctive base, middle and top.

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Sequence of diagrams showing the process of facade principles.


The frames will be pre-cast and designed to fit into the darker plates seen on neighbouring schemes such as the Plimsol Building. Whilst the concrete will be mostly white, this will be diluted with aggregates in order to better reflect the tones of adjacent buildings.

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Information regarding proposed cladding

Public Realm

The scheme in question will front onto Lewis Cubit Square, which opened in 2015. When completed in the early 2020s, the scheme will also link with the soon to open Coal Drop Yards designed by Thomas Heatherwick Architects.

Proposed scheme within the existing public realm

Project Information

Address: Building P2, corner of Handyside and Wollstonecraft Street.

Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)

Borough: Camden

Developer: Argent

Floors: 9

Office floorspace: 193,621sq ft