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Pilbrow & Partners completes mixed-tenure housing at Greenwich Peninsula


The first building completed as part of the Greenwich Peninsula masterplan for Knight Dragon contains 269 residential units designed to form the centre of a new district 

The Waterman forms the first completed part of a mixed-tenure development on the east side of the Greenwich Peninsula designed by Pilbrow & Partners for Knight Dragon, which will include a building next to The Waterman (not yet under construction) that will provide a further 261 new homes.

The project is based on an urban typology designed to integrate traditional courtyard blocks with strategically placed tall buildings, with the courtyards providing street spaces and the tall buildings denoting the position of new public squares. The Waterman contains each of the masterplan’s elements including a new public space, low-rise perimeter courtyard and tower. 

Pilbrow & partners the waterman ©peter cook (7)

Pilbrow & partners the waterman ©peter cook (7)

Source: Peter Cook

A six-storey low-rise building creates street façades at the perimeter of the block and a private internal garden for residents. Two-storey townhouses run along the base of the building, intended to read as a stone plinth to the tower. The top floor is recessed as an attic, facing the coal loader jetty on the River Thames, and contains four cantilevered penthouses. 

The tower building is arranged as two wings flanking the central core. Each wing contains three flats with every apartment having a dual aspect. L-shaped living rooms are set around corner balconies, with the upper-most floors served by a communal residential garden.

Pilbrow & partners the waterman site plan copy

Pilbrow & partners the waterman site plan copy

Source: Pilbrow & Partners

Site plan

Architect’s view

As our first completed new-build project, The Waterman is a well-considered urban and architectural design proposition. Its high standard of detail reflects the commitment of our team to working closely with a great client and contractor. For us, it is also a statement of our ambition to address the challenge of building sustainable neighbourhoods which integrate disparate housing tenures into a single community.

Fred Pilbrow, founding partner, Pilbrow & Partners

Pilbrow & partners the waterman stacked plans copy

Pilbrow & partners the waterman stacked plans copy

Source: Pilbrow & Partners

Stacked plan exploded axo

Project data

Start on site 2015
Completion 2017
Client Knight Dragon Development Ltd 
Architect Pilbrow & Partners 
Structural engineer CH2M 
M&E / sustainability engineer Hoare Lea 
Landscape architect Turkington Martin 
Project manager AECOM 
Cost consultant AECOM 
Main contractor Wates 
Façade consultant  Buro Happold  
Gross internal floor area 25,016m2 
Gross (internal + external) floor area
Form of contract or procurement route
Design and Build – JCT intermediate contract form
Construction cost £76 million
CDM coordinator Stave LLP
CAD software used Revit


Readers' comments (2)

  • A large number of plots have been completed prior to this in the master plan. This in fact must be one of the last in phase two. This article seems highly misleading in respect of the other practices involved and perhaps overly reliant on a press release.

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  • I wonder if the occupants are required to keep their glass walled balconies empty of 'clutter'?

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