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Patel Taylor’s Lombard Wharf tower is designed to mimic carved stone

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The residential scheme for Barratt London sits on one of the last remaining riverfront sites in Wandsworth

The building, which was granted planning in 2015, has a teardrop-shaped plan. It appears to twist as it rises due to subtle changes in the positioning of the white precast concrete balconies, that bring what Patel Taylor describes as ’the appearance of carved stone’.

Lombard Wharf is located on York Way, neighbouring Battersea Square. The 28-storey building comprises 134 one, two, and three-bedroom homes, alongside a newly planned footbridge (the Diamond Jubilee Bridge) and part of the Thames path. Affordable housing is located in the lowest four floors, with remaining homes for private sale, topped by a penthouse with 360-degree views of London.

Lombard wharf site plan © patel taylor

Lombard wharf site plan © patel taylor

Site plan showing proposed pedestrian bridge - the Diamond Jubilee Bridge - that will connect the site to Imperial Wharf

Unlike many riverside developments, Lombard Wharf does not have a discernible front or back. ‘Riverfront buildings have a propensity to face the water,’ said Pankaj Patel, director at Patel Taylor. ‘We wanted Lombard Wharf to look equally attractive from every viewpoint, acting as a marker on the river while not turning its back to the city.’

The curved form is intended to make the most of the surrounding public space, enhanced by the opening up of two adjacent railway arches, also part of the Patel Taylor scheme, one of them containing a workshop space and the other a pedestrian footpath, linking the two sides of the railway line.

Lombard wharf key section © patel taylor

Lombard wharf key section © patel taylor

Architect’s view

The creation of a new public plaza is at the heart of our vision, opening up a link from west to east. The dynamic form of the building grows from this public space, with a sculpted form twisting upwards to give panoramic views to all homes. The shape relates equally to landward and riverside vistas, becoming a legible marker to the proposed pedestrian footbridge northwards to Imperial Wharf and the focus at the threshold of this new London link.

The wraparound balconies are ingeniously designed to rotate by two degrees, maximising views from the residences. From a distance, they dominate the appearance of the building, creating a dynamic yet monolithic sculptural form signalling a point of significance in the landscape. At night, the building’s balcony fronts are lit with LED lighting, tracing its shape in the skyline.

Pankaj Patel, director, Patel Taylor

Lombard wharf floor plan © patel taylor3

Lombard wharf floor plan © patel taylor3

Ground floor plan

Project data

Started on site August 2015
Completion September 2017
Gross internal floor area 16,448m²
Form of contract Construction Management
Construction cost £55 million
Construction cost per m2
 £4,815
Architect and lead consultant Patel Taylor
Client 
Barratt London
Structural engineer 
OCSC
MEP engineer OCSC
Quantity surveyor cost consultant Barratt London
Cladding Wintech
Acoustics RBA
Bridge foundation engineer Beckett & Rankine
Bridge consultant Expedition
Project manager Barratt London
CDM coordinator
 CBRE
Approved building inspector NHBC
Main contractor Barratt London
CAD software used Revit 2015
Annual CO2 emissions 17.8kg/m

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Thanks to the S106 agreement between Wandsworth and Barratt London the piles for the Diamond Jubilee Bridge were completed this time last year. Also, thanks to Barratt London, the statutory consultation work to undertake this construction was completed and used to discharge related pre-commencement conditions related to the bridge's planning consent. A certificate of Lawfulness was issued by Wandsworth Council in January which confirms that the Diamond Jubilee Bridge has started on site and Wandsworth have engaged contractors to undertake river survey and associated works which are currently being done. Wandsworth have also raised a substantial proportion of the construction cost through local CIL applicable to a discreet area near the Bridge. Wandsworth intend to complete the project and adopt it. No chickens being counted but this ambition is now becoming very real. I look forward to seeing the completed bridge in the AJ potentially as soon as the autumn of 2019, though 2020 would be satisfactory!

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