Broadway Malyan has designed a massive development of stepped 'Montevetro- style' residential units, retail, and a police station on former Guinness riverside site in Wandsworth, south London, where Foster and Partners developed a housing scheme for the same client, writes David Taylor.
The scheme, which involves 670 flats - 65,252m2 of residential space - for Rialto Homes, clustered in five blocks sloping up from seven storeys high at the river's edge to around 15 or 16 storeys inland, also includes a hotel, car showrooms, retail, offices and business space. An application has now been submitted for the scheme to Wandsworth Borough Council and an environmental impact assessment will be submitted later this month. The council said the outline application also includes affordable and live/work units, bars, restaurants, a health club and a new jetty for the river. But the height of the blocks could prove to be a controversial stumbling block - general planning guidance for the river bank suggests eight storeys as a maximum.
Rialto last attempted to develop the site - now known as Gargoyle Wharf - in May last year, when it commissioned Foster and Partners to design a £175 million residential and commercial scheme with 200-bed hotel. It later withdrew the application, however. The site used to be owned by Guiness and was famously occupied two years prior to Foster's plans by new-age campaigners objecting to earlier plans for flats and a supermarket.