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RSHP reveals replacement for its Hammersmith home

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has submitted plans to replace its long-term Thames Wharf home in Hammersmith

The £35 million proposals will be built on the site of the practice’s award-winning office - designed by Rogers and Lifschutz Davidson in the mid-1980s - which it will vacate when the firm moves into the Cheesegrater.

The much-loved, barrel-vaulted roof shape of the existing complex has been incorporated into RSHP’s new housing-led design for the site.

The scheme features two new buildings which will include 57 apartments and 700m2 of ground floor commercial space.

The former industrial complex which includes 20th century warehouses and the Michelin-starred River Café, owned and run by Rogers’ wife Ruth are set to stay as part of the development. The space above the restaurant – which is currently offices – will be converted into affordable flats.

The entire complex was bought by former Richard Rogers Partnership co-founder Marco Goldschmied in acrimonious circumstances in 2007 as part of a settlement with his former partners. But late last year, the former RIBA president sold a 75 per cent stake in the site to London & Regional Properties for an undisclosed sum.

As part of the deal Goldschmeid retained a 25 per cent ‘interest’ in the resultant joint venture company that owns the site through two Guernsey-based firms; NOCO2C0 and Knightsbridge Holdings.

The redevelopment plans mark the end of the RSHP’s 30 year-long relationship with the riverside site.

The practice has already confirmed plans to move to the Cheesegrater - the recently completed London landmark designed by the practice - after its lease on the Hammersmith site runs out later this year.

RSHP has taken a 15 year lease on the 1,670m² office space on the fourteenth floor of the 47-storey Leadenhall Building.

Previous story (AJ 27.11.14)

RSHP poised for Cheesegrater HQ move


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