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Manser Practice reveals plans for London's first cruise liner terminal


The Manser Practice has submitted plans for a mixed-use development in Greenwich including a new international cruise terminal

The scheme at Enderby Wharf, east London includes a 2,085m² international cruise terminal, a new public park, and a two residential towers.

Planning permission was originally granted for a cruise terminal on the site in 2012. Since then changes within the cruise industry have had an impact on the design’s requirements, and the size of the scheme has had to increase by more than 80 per cent.

The new terminal building will include a baggage hall, customs, departure lounge, security offices, and a loading bay.

Alongside the cruise terminal the development will provide 263 new homes split across two towers of 31 and 23-storeys and a further 121 homes in a 26-storey tower have also been drawn up by HLM as part of the proposed scheme.

According to the practice the ‘façade concept for the whole site has been inspired by the industrial history of the site  - and its importance in the development and manufacture of the Atlantic Cable’. The buildings feature a mix of dark brickwork, bronze panels, and expanded metal mesh elements.

Manser Greenwich terminal

Project data

Location Enderby Wharf, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Type of project mixed-use development
Client Westcourt Real Estate
Architect The Manser Practice
Landscape architect The Landscape Partnership
Structural engineer Expedition
M&E consultant Thornton Reynolds
Quantity surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Planning supervisor BPTW & Cavendish Planning
Marine consulting engineer Beckett Rankine
Environmental consultant Aecom
Gross internal floor area 2,085m2 cruise terminal and 23,181m2 residential


Readers' comments (3)

  • I wonder if the cruise terminal and the cruise ships docked there will be connected to mains power otherwise you will have diesel smoke from the ships generators wafting into those nice balconies. No mains power would inevitably result in environmental failings as ships diesel engines are not the cleanest.

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  • Considering the Manser practice has environmental and sustainability claims they have completely failed with this scheme by failing to consider a shore -side power supply.
    They appear to have no idea on ship emissions and ignore an EU directive that recommends that vessels connect to shore power whilst moored. Even the ES authored by AECOM is another exampled of a flawed report.
    I wrote to the Manser practice in February 2015, so far they have failed to respond.

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  • I think having a cruise terminal at Endersbury Wharf is a grand idea. If the intention is to have only one liner docked at a time, then I do not think there will be that much of a pollution issue.

    I hope the plans are approved and the whole project moves forward without any further delay.


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