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bere:architects wins planning for new Thames Pier

Eco-specialists bere:architects has won planning for a floating Passivhaus scheme next to the Savoy Hotel

The project which has been designed to meet Passivhaus standards, will replace an existing structure on the Victoria Embankment between Cleopatra’s Needle and Waterloo Bridge.

The pier scheme for Woods River Cruises is made up of two buildings; a river crew rest area and a passenger waiting room.

Located within a historic area, the sensitivity of the site has been addressed through a low-scale design. A wildflower meadow roof also minimises the schemes impact on the monument behind.

The schemes cantilevered roof will provide shelter whilst the sides of the two buildings taper back to meet the recesses of the historic pier berths featuring charred timber and zinc facades.

Christian Senkpiel associate director at bere:architects said: ‘As with all our projects the Savoy Pier has been designed with the highest energy efficiency and care for the environment in mind. We are hoping to achieve the Passivhaus standard which would make it the first floating PH structure in the world.’


The existing Savoy Pier was designed by Beckett Rankine in 1998 as a temporary structure and features transverse radial arms and longitudinal mooring cables.

Project data

Architects: bere:architects
Location: Embankment/Waterloo Bridge
Type of project: Urban transport
Client: Woods River Cruises Silver Fleet
GIFA: 270m²
Energy use: Passivhaus 120kwh/m²/year or less
Airtightness: 0.6m²/year or less


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