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OMA appointed to masterplan Greenwich Peninsula

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Developer Cathedral Group has appointed OMA as lead architect to redevelop Morden Wharf, in east London

The Rem Koolhaas’ practice will create a masterplan for a mixed-used scheme on the 19 acre regeneration site on the Greenwich Peninsula.

Developers Cathedral Group and joint venture partner Development Securities bought the riverside plot next to the O2 Arena in March 2012. The duo claim the site, which was formerly a Tate & Lyle sweeteners refinery and has 500m of Thames frontage, has the ‘potential to produce a £950 million, 185,806m² scheme’.

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Architect’s view

Reinier de Graaf, partner, OMA

‘As the masterplanner and lead architect for Morden Wharf, we are excited to have the opportunity to work with an ambitious development team on one of the last significant riverfront sites on the Thames. Our Vision for Morden Wharf adds value to an already impressive site through regeneration of existing buildings and infrastructure which will attract visitors and residents to the sites cultural, residential, leisure, and commercial offerings. We look forward to the development of an innovative proposal which will enhance Morden Wharf’s exceptional character.’

Client’s view

Richard Upton, chief executive, Cathedral Group

‘This is a world-class site. One of very few significant London riverfronts left for major regeneration. We needed a world-class architect and we found one in OMA. We were impressed by their significant experience of masterplanning major regeneration sites, and their specific experience of waterfront development. We share a passion for creating great, inspiring places with real heart and soul, investing in the very best design to foster inspiring local communities.’

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