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MAKE and Carey Jones limber up for second go in Wandsworth - image

Carey Jones and MAKE Architects are finally expected to resubmit plans for the controversial Wandsworth Riverside Quarter site this week - a year after the design team was sent back to the drawing board (AJ 17.02.2006).

The massive residential and commercial scheme at Point Pleasant on the south bank of the River Thames came in for heavy opposition from local residents when it was first unveiled, and was also criticised by London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

The third phase of a drawn-out redevelopment of a former Shell Oil terminal, the original designs (pictured above) featured nine buildings, including five towers ranging in height from six to 28 storeys, and boasted distinctive 'vertical blade walls'.

This scheme would have created 443 residential units, as well as nearly 19,000m2 of commercial space, leisure facilities and a new 'river centre'. Details about the revised proposals have not yet been released.

Local concern initially focused on the height and scale of the development while the mayor said the scheme was 'oddly disconnected'; although he admitted the original tower designs were 'very bold'.

by Richard Waite

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