[FIRST LOOK] Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has submitted plans for its £50 million Tideway Wharf project in Nine Elms, south London
The scheme’s two hectare riverfront plot sits next to two major regeneration projects proposed for the area – Kieran Timberlake’s American Embassy and the Rafael Viñoly-masterplanned Battersea Power Station redevelopment.
RSHP’s design features 752 apartments, a hotel, health club, spa, crèche, restaurants, bars and a café. Landscaping objectives for the site include a new river walk, linear park and ‘pocket’ park.
Sean Ellis, managing director of developer St James Group, said: ‘The public realm offer is at the heart of our proposals, with more than 60 per cent of the area designated as public open space.
‘Whilst regeneration of the area has been subject to much discussion historically, St James, part of The Berkeley Group, has as a strong track record for delivery and the funding is already in place to make this happen if our planning application is successful, with work starting as soon as is possible in 2011.’
Plans were submitted to Wandsworth Council on 1 September and the project is expected to go before planning committee in early 2011.
Thames Water has earmarked the site for a ‘main drive shaft’ on its £3.6 billion super sewer project.
The developer however is confident the project can proceed unaffected. A statement from St James said: ‘As Thames Water have only just commenced their public consultation process and do not intend to submit for planning until mid 2012 there is sufficient time to find an alternative construction site for the Tideway Tunnel.’
CABE’s design review comments from 10 November 2010
A mixed-use development of six buildings between 12 and 20 storeys for 752 apartments, a hotel, retail, restaurant and café uses, and office space. Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Planning reference: 2010/3739
We support this planning application. The strength of the proposal lies in the strong layout of linear blocks alternating with private gardens. We appreciate the clarity of the scheme and we welcome the generous public space.
Nine Elms masterplan
This development sits within an emerging masterplan and may be the first to be built in the Nine Elms opportunity area. We urge the design team and the developer to respond carefully to the sites to the south and to take the needs of the wider area into consideration, particularly the relationship to Nine Elms Lane and the routes and spaces connecting it to the adjacent sites.
Layout and buildings
The decision to arrange the linear apartment blocks across the site running north-south, with gardens between them, to create views of the river from Nine Elms Lane and to allow sunlight into the heart of the development is sound. The linear blocks sit amid well designed, spacious public and communal spaces which offer a number of different characters and qualities. Internally, we welcome the short corridors and the intelligently designed floor plans with balconies. Ultimately, the success of the scheme will depend on the quality of materials and details bearing in mind ageing and weathering. The local authority should put the relevant controls in place to ensure that the landscape proposals are delivered.