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Patel Taylor scoops planning for ‘twisting’ tower


Patel Taylor has been given the go-ahead for a 28-storey tower on the Thames riverfront at Wandsworth

The 16,421m² scheme for Barratt London at Lombard Wharf includes a mix of one, two and three bedroom dual-aspect apartments.

Each apartment features a large wraparound balcony which gives the appearance that the tower is twisting.

At the base is a double-height entrance lobby with shops spilling out onto a public plaza. This new public space at the base of the tower will create a new link between the Thames Path, Battersea High Street and Clapham Junction.  

Alastair Baird, regional managing director of Barratt London, said: ‘Lombard Wharf is one of the last remaining plots on the Thames and we are looking forward to regenerating this brownfield site, which has been vacant since 2012 and currently restricts pedestrian access along the river.

‘Patel Taylor has honoured our vision for the site, which was to deliver exemplar architecture and an attractive new public realm that improves local connections as well as providing much-needed new homes for Wandsworth.’

The scheme is set to start in site later this month and is expected to complete in 2017.

The architect’s view

Extending over 28 storeys in order to maximise the slender character of the building, Lombard Wharf’s unusual ‘stacked’ form conceals three traditional tier elements, a base, a middle and top.

The majority of residencies are dual aspect, due to the oval nature of the building, allowing natural light to flood into the living spaces and affording views of the river and nearby park. Rotated at an angle of two degrees, residents will enjoy wraparound balconies that lend the building a dynamic sculptural profile and appear as an illusion of ‘rotating discs’. This optical twist is achieved by means of diagonal lines created by tapered solid balustrades, jutting against the horizontal lines of the balconies. This complex, yet elegant, variation creates a fluid shimmering illusion of movement and interest in this waterside setting.


Project data

Location Wandsworth, London
Type of project mixed-use/residential
Client Barratt London
Architect Patel Taylor
Landscape and planning consultant Patel Taylor
Structural engineer O’Connor Sutton Cronin
M&E consultant O’Connor Sutton Cronin
Start on site date 3 August 2015
Completion date November 2017
Gross internal floor area 16,421m²
Total cost confidential


Readers' comments (5)

  • The proposal is to be built immediately adjacent to the new pedestrian and cycle river crossing (on the same site), The Diamond Jubilee Bridge- it will become a gateway building for Battersea. For a full update on the positive steps forward made by this and others developments please refer to our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oneworlddesign/posts/901672479924221:0

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  • This is exactly where the proposed new footbridge was going to go. It has planning from Wandsworth and H&F. Perhaps Barratt could be part of actually making that happen? It would surely add a few bob to each flat to be able to walk to Fulham in 5 minutes.

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  • Duncan - please see my note above yours.

    More info on our facebook page etc but in short the space for the landing of the bridge has been left at the request of wandsworth and the S106 agreement has Barratt installing the piles....

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  • Thanks Chris. Glad its progressing. I'd very much like to see the bridge happen.

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  • I have every confidence it will... thanks

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