Elegantly twisting, curved tower set to become newest addition to the Thames riverfront

Barratt London’s Lombard Wharf, a residential tower with an elegantly twisting sculptural form designed by architects Patel Taylor, has been granted planning permission. Work can now begin to construct this distinctive new addition to the Thames waterside.

An example of outstanding architecture, Lombard Wharf will make a positive and dynamic contribution to the capital’s skyline. The building’s unusual ‘plectrum’ form, both marks and guides pedestrians to the riverfront, through a new landscaped public plaza and waterfront promenade.

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 ground floor and mezzanine level comprise the base. An impressive double-height glazed residential lobby, with neighbouring retail element to the west, spills out onto a generous new public plaza at ground level, maximising visual links to the river. The mezzanine level contains a second floor to the retail unit together with a gym for residents, staff facilities and management welfare facilities.

The middle tier contains the residential units of the building, comprised of a mix of one, two, and three bedroom homes. 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.

Oriented to the north-west the building’s minimal ‘plectrum’ shaped footprint, is designed to maximised the available provision of public space at the base of the tower. The design of the landscape stitches together the fragmented riverfront and extends the Thames Path to provide a legible link to Battersea High Street and Clapham Junction. Comprising high quality granite paving, external lighting, trees and planting, as well as play areas and an outdoor terrace. This public space will enjoy views towards the river and animated retail frontages spilling out onto the plaza, to develop a sense of community and place.

Alastair Baird, regional managing director of Barratt London, comments:

“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.”

Pankaj Patel, Director of Patel Taylor said:

“We’re delighted that Lombard Wharf has received planning permission. The building’s form will create a new destination in Wandsworth and revitalize the river front.”

Lombard Wharf occupies one of the last remaining riverfront sites in Wandsworth and it lies adjacent to the Grade II listed Cremorne Bridge. This combination of new homes, exemplary design and generous public realm, will work together to create a new destination for Wandsworth, drawing people towards and reconnecting the local community to the riverfront.