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Rogers remains optimistic after Goldschmied buys practice HQ

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Richard Rogers has played down fears his practice could be kicked out of his long-term riverside home in Hammersmith after it was bought by the firm’s former managing director Marco Goldschmied.

Speaking to the AJ shortly after it emerged Goldschmied’s company had snapped up the Thames Wharf site – which also houses Rogers’ wife Ruth’s River Café – he said the current lease ran for another 15 years and was ‘renewable.’

Earlier today Goldschmied, the former RIBA president who left Rogers' practice in 2004, announced that he had acquired the plot in west London with the intention of turning it into a zero-carbon development.

However Rogers remained upbeat. He said: ‘We have been working towards this for years and, as we no longer have ownership, we agreed that he should have it.

‘We have the lease for the building for the next 15 years, and that is renewable. The same applies to the River Café.'

Rogers went onto say that he welcomed Goldschmied’s intentions to reduce the amount of carbon from the plot, which currently houses the Stirling-Prize-winning firm Rogers Stirk Harbour.

He said: 'We will do it. I am totally pro it, one can do a lot to improve [buildings' eco status] and I welcome the change.’

Meanwhile Goldschmied insisted he would honour the existing tenancy agreement, but maintained the wharf would have to change.

He said: ‘It is my aim to ensure that under my stewardship, Thames Wharf can become a zero-carbon development and can be used to persuade other developers and landowners to do more than the minimum required by current legislation.'

He added: ‘I liken this fund to a modern reinterpretation of the traditional tithe, a 10 per cent donation to Church or King, but in this case directed towards the vital mission to rebalance the impact of urban settlements on our environment.’

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