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


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.


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

East Village | Stratford

A early evening stroll around the former 2012 Olympic Park, capturing a scheme which is using a innovate construction technique used by contractors Mace.

The towers of 30 and 26 floors have topped out, leading to the dismantling of the Pinned Climbing Jack Systems.

From the outset of bidding for right to host the olympic games in London in 2012, the athletes village in the north of the olympic park were always destined to be used for housing post games as part of the overall package of the olympic legacy. To date this houses in excess of 6,000 Londoners across 2,818 homes. All of which are managed by Get Living London a property management company, which preforms the role of landlord for it’s tenants.

Pedestrian footbridge over Carpenters Lock 

The parts for the Rising Factory were shipped to Purfleet from Turkey, all of 20,000 of them.

The Pinned Climbing Jack System has many advantages over more established construction methods such as;

  • Eliminating risk by reducing the requirement for Working at Height
  • Using more prefabricated parts reduces; overall man hours, emissions and disruption to residents through not needing to assemble parts on site which also reduces wastage.
  • Deploying the Rising Factory mitigates visual impact, as the factory rises it exposes a completed section of the building.

The first of the many high-rises of East Village, which has recently topped out.

The scheme currently under construction known as plot N08, is designed by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and developers Qatari Diar Delancey, who have gone into a joint venture to set up the management organisation behind East Village Get Living London.

Plot N08 and Manhattan Loft Gardens which is catching the evening twilight.

Close up of the Pinned Climbing Jack Systems

Cladding detail on a finished section of the 30 floor tower

Project Information

Address: Plot N08, East Village, Stratford, E20

Architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Borough: Newham

Developer: Qatari Diar Delancey

Floors: 30 | 26 | 8 | 8

Height: 113 | 100m

Residential units: 480 (approximately)


London Wall Place

The elevated pedestrian walkways surrounding London Wall Place have been opened to the public.

Catching the afternoon sun

Note the bend of the path around the remnant of the London Wall

Close up of the London Wall, which aforementioned development derives its name from.

Pedestrian links towards the Barbican Centre

Public Realm near Salters Hall

Foliage on London Wall Place

London Wall fits in on London Wall

Project Information

Address: 1-2 London Wall Place, London EC2Y 5DH

Architect: Make Architects

Developer: Brookfield and Oxford Properties

Floors: 12 | 16

Ward: Bassishaw

Office floorspace: 500,000 sq ft

Public Realm: 45,000 sq ft of public green space